Created by Alfredo “Apple” De La Fuente
Written by William Thomas & Andrew Anderson
Art by Osvaldo “Montos” Montpeller
Colors by Wes Hartman
Lettered by Joshua Cozine
Published by Guardian Knight Comics
Release Date: 08/12/2015
Last week saw the release of GEARS & BONES #1 from new publisher Guardian Knight Comics and the imagination of Alfredo “Apple” De La Fuente. Apple, who is the founder of Alamo City Comic Con, recently started the new “creator owned” comic book publishing company in his home town of San Antonio, Texas. While the characters and original concept may have come from De La Fuente (who dreamed up Bones as a child), the series is truly a collaborative effort, and that’s obvious from the writing and the art.
The script from William Thomas and Andrew Anderson is not a simple one to follow, in fact it took me a couple of reads to get all the characters down. It is evident however, that this writing duo understands the mind of the comic book reader, challenging them with smart dialogue and throwing them into a world where they (the readers) will have to take this journey as the story and characters develop. In this first issue the writers have introduced us to a wide range of characters that include rabbits, canines, felines, reptiles, horses, and even fairies. This method of using animals to represent your ensemble is reminiscent of what David Petersen and Dan Abnett have done in Mouse Guard and Wild’s End, respectively.
So what’s it about? What we do know after the first issue is Bones is our protagonist and he is on a mission seeking revenge against those who have taken someone from him, someone important. It seems as if he may have been falsely accused for this crime and therefore is considered a fugitive in Draco Wilde City. Bones is not alone as we later see some companions that provide even more action, while giving the story some well-placed comic relief. The issue concludes with an interesting albeit personal proposition from his primary captor, Dorvalus.
Remember the name Osvaldo “Montos” Montpeller. His illustrations in this first issue are simply majestic. Montos brings incredible detail and a beautiful style that absolutely shines here! As strong as the script was, his work here adds another element to this world of Gears & Bones. On colors, Wes Hartman impresses, especially with his strong use of shades of blue, which in my opinion stood out the most. Montos steals the show here though and should quickly make a name for himself in the graphic novel community.
So I have read this book several times now, and each time I read it I enjoy it even more. With imaginative story-telling, amazing illustrations, and boundless world building potential, Gears & Bones is a true comic book gem.
REVIEW: GEARS & BONES #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)