Written by Chris Miskiewicz
Illustrated by Palle Schmidt
Published by BOOM! Studios
Release Date: 01/14/2015
This is it Strange Citizens. The end. The end of the path that Team Alsop started us on way back in June of last year. I reviewed that first issue for Comic Addiction, Lauren Eyer reviewed it for Geek Sushi, and completely enamored with the book, I went on to review a few more. This week, the final issue of Thomas Alsop hits stands everywhere, and thanks to BOOM! Studios I had the opportunity to get an early look.
Thomas, Marcus, and Emma have formulated their plan, and now must successfully execute it to free the 3000 souls trapped at ground zero. Without spoiling the ending, issue eight has everything you could hope for in a concluding chapter. It has action, suspense, heartbreaking emotion, and a really well-done twist and reveal. Needless to say, Miskiewicz and Schmidt do not disappoint.
Now after reading the first issue, I knew that this was a series I was really going to enjoy, but it wasn’t until completing the next two that I realized we had something really special here with Alsop.
Thomas Alsop was much bigger than a comic book. It was a personal story that millions could relate to. It was a period piece that took us back hundreds of years allowing us to visit our protagonist’s ancestors. It was an amazing RPG filled with wizards and supernatural villains (I loved the Alsop Family Armory Items). It was a reality television show only honest and with incredible heart. It was a sex, drugs, and rock n roll.
It was a Shakespearean like tragedy about the loss of life. It was a modern-day graphic novel that included all the elements for a great story. It was a perfect blend of pop culture and American history that brought back that raw emotion we all experienced over eleven years ago, brilliantly placed on the pages of an eight issue comic book series.
It was Palle Schmidt and his haunting illustrations and colors, bleeding all over this series, panel after panel (I think I get the reasoning behind his color schemes now). Finally, it was Chris Miskiewicz and his passion for story-telling, his remarkable character development, and his love for Thomas Alsop.
I had absolutely no reservations when we named Thomas Alsop the “Best Mini-Series of 2014” before reading that final issue, and now issue eight only reinforces our selection.
For Thomas Alsop, it may have always been about the one. But for readers, it was about the introduction to a creative team that delivered an unbelievable series. For readers, it was about September 11, 2001. For readers, it was about the three thousand. For readers, it was about Thomas Alsop.
REVIEW: THOMAS ALSOP #8
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)
Story-telling at its finest, the Best Mini-Series of 2014.