Written and Created by Chris Miskiewicz
Illustrated and Created by Palle Schmidt
Published by Boom! Studios
Release Date: 06/18/2014
“What is Thomas Alsop? Who is Thomas Alsop?”
What and who is Thomas Alsop? Well, Thomas is the “Hand of the Island”, a title that has been
passed down through generations of his family since the year 1699. The “Hand” is a supernatural
detective or “magical caretaker” someone with the magical abilities to protect the world from
supernatural foes and forces wishing to do it harm. The island is Manhattan and “she” speaks to
Thomas through what he describes as psychic nudges, warning him of any and all suspicious
supernatural activity. Thomas has spent the majority of his life receiving these nudges and
following them on various unknown adventures unbeknownst to the world around him…that is,
until one fateful night….
Out drinking heavily with best friend Marcus Rogers, Thomas receives one of the island’s nudges
and, not being of sound mind, allows Marcus to tag along. Marcus proceeds to film the
“supernatural take-down”, posts it on YouTube, and Thomas becomes an overnight media
sensation, complete with reality show. The first issue opens with our protagonist in a Charlie
Sheenlike strung out mess (although unlike Mr. Sheen, Thomas really IS a warlock…heh), being
prepped for a TV appearance. He seems to be going through the motions of what has become a
fairly systematic and empty existence until he sees his great great grandfather in a vision warning
him of what may be a greater evil than any he has dealt with in the past.
What is most appealing about this title is that, although we are baited with the approach of a great
supernatural foe, Thomas may be battling something that is an even greater evil: fame and reality
television. In the end, which will be responsible for the destruction of Thomas Alsop? Writer
Chris Miskiewicz (EVERYWHERE, The Adventures of Shakespeare and Watson ) has delivered a
promising first issue, marrying a dry, sarcastic humor with fun fantasy elements while still
weaving in a dark, relevant social commentary. Palle Schmidt’s (Night of the Long Faces, The
Devil’s Concubine) artwork perfectly conveys the general atmosphere of Miskiewicz’s writing –
mainly ink and watercolor in fairly dark, analogous color schemes, it is almost spooky and evokes
a certain hard edge.
In the last year, Boom! Studios has been delivering a plethora of unique and beautifully crafted
indie titles (watch out, Image!), so it comes as no surprise that this 8shot miniseries promises to be
another great victory for the publisher.