A Personal Story about Magic and New York City.
REVIEW: THOMAS ALSOP #4
Written by Chris Miskiewicz
Art by Palle Schmidt
Letters by Deron Bennett
Published by BOOM! Studios
Release Date: 9/10/2014
I had reservations about writing this review. Not because today is the thirteenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center towers, but mainly because I felt that since I have already reviewed the first three issues, I may be coming off as a little bias or showing favoritism. I want to write about a wide range of titles from different publishers, some sci-fi, a crime noir, and a western maybe. Ultimately, I could not stop myself from having to capture my thoughts on this incredibly personal tale about sorcery, rock-n-roll, and New York City.
Miskiewicz has created a deep and intimate story in Thomas Alsop. If you are not reading his Strange Citizens Blog at the end of each issue, you are truly missing out. He has constructed a world based on experiences that have in some way influenced or changed him, incorporating these impactful moments into his story. Most creators work this way, but what’s different about Thomas Alsop is Miskiewicz has included in this plot an event that is personal to hundreds of millions of Americans. Now I’m certain that 9/11 in comics has been done before, and it will undoubtedly continue to be used in future stories again and again. It’s the way that Chris Miskiewicz is delivering this tale, which is a perfect mix of wizards and magic told in two different periods, all coming together at ground zero.
Issue four goes back and takes a look Alsop’s relationship with Emma Caldwell and Martin Delgado, and how the three formed a friendship and started a band. You may say that this close bond that these three once possessed can only be described as magical, with each having personal ties to the supernatural in some way. It also covers the night that Thomas becomes the hand of the island, with the tragic passing of his father James F. Alsop. It is not too long after this that the three friends go their separate ways, and seven years later Martin’s involvement in the morning the towers fell apparently has contributed to the infection in downtown Manhattan caused by the slave ship from the 1700’s.
To complement this story we have Palle Schmidt, who continues to impress with his choice of colors, beautifully mixing shades based on the scene and or setting. So now that we have reached the halfway point of this eight issue series, I am eager to see where the last four chapters take us. Thomas Alsop has been my one of my favorite reads this year, and should be considered as one of 2014′s best new comics so far. Of course, this is highly recommended and a must pull must read series for all.
9/11 & THOMAS ALSOP
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