Written by Kurt Sutter & Caitlin Kittredge
Illustrated by Jesus Hervas
Colors by Adam Metcalfe
Letters by Jim Campbell
Published by BOOM! Studios
Release Date: 06/22/2016
“PTSD isn’t about getting better, Lucas. You can’t fight it. You can’t kill it.”
Lucas Stand #1 hits comic stands this week, from writers Kurt Sutter and Caitlin Kittredge (Coffin Hill). Sutter who created and wrote the hit television series Sons of Anarchy on FX is now teaming up with BOOM! Studios (who published the Sons of Anarchy comic) on his first original comic series.
Meet Lucas Stand, a former soldier and Afghanistan veteran who for twelve years was an elite killing machine and now finds himself struggling with PTSD, drowning in alcohol and pills. As bad as things have been for him, his life is about to get a lot worse. An incident occurs at the beginning of this issue which causes our protagonist to make a drastic decision, thrusting our anti-hero into a dark time shifting after world full of peril, demons and the unknown.
The first thing that stood out to me was the cover by Lee Bermejo. If you’re going to title a comic book after its main character, then this is the way to do it as this cover is a perfect manifestation of what we know about this series going in. The rest of the artwork is equally as impressive, as Jesus Hervas brings that dark gritty style that goes well with the subject matter. If you can go through a comic book without reading any of the words and get what is delivered here visually, then mission accomplished. There is so much going on here and Hervas (along with the color work from Adam Metcalfe) are an exceptional illustrating duo.
With a television show like Sons of Anarchy on his resume, all eyes are on Sutter in this series, but the work that Kittredge did on Coffin Hill should not be overlooked. The script that this collaborative writing team brings us in issue one is superb. Initially, after reading the solicit the premise did not seem to be quite that original. The way the story and its characters played out however was outstanding. The sunglasses and the way they are used to distinguish the demons from the humanoids is very reminiscent of They Live which I loved, and the time-hopping element immediately expands the Lucas Stand universe and gives it unlimited potential. Add to that a serious subject matter that rings true for many of our veterans (and others suffering from addiction and depression), and you have an absolutely fantastic debut issue. Lucas Stand #1 is a definite must read a true comic win.
REVIEW: LUCAS STAND #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)