Some years ago, in a weekly comic, I’m sure he doesn’t remember, I was a guest artist in a comic called New Comic Day that was also featuring by Phil Hester. It was the first time I’d seen his work, since that time I think I’ve collected everything he’s done either in trade or issue form. He’s easily the most underrated artist and storyteller in comics today, and now he’s teamed up with Ellis for what’s turning out to be a really great mini series.
In issue #1 not too much ground is covered, but Ellis draws you in with mystery and Hester is at the top of his game, with lines and shadows that would make Mignola jealous.. The first few pages set the mood and we know right from page one this is going to be an unusual tale. This is tremendous work by Hester because there is no dialog till we’re several pages in, and by the time Warren has his words on the page, Phil already has set the mood. For six pages we follow our hero as he’s seemingly wandering for some time. Once he enters a dinner… Things get weird. A weird lady covered in blood cooking eyes in the kitchen kinda weird.
This book is tense, without much going on yet I’m interested in the bigger story and looking forward to where this creative team takes things. I’m not going to say much else for now, Shipwreck issue 1 is sold out, I don’t know if it’s going into reprints. I have issues 2 and 3 on my desk now, look for more on this title in the next week! PW
Issue #1, Aftershock Comics, 15+: Great work here by all, the first issue explains very little but leaves you interested and wanting more, even if it does feel a bit rushed. 9/10
From Aftershocks site:Dr Jonathan Shipwright, sole survivor of a very unusual and very secret shipwreck, doesn’t know where he is. Seemingly trapped on an endless road, in pursuit of a saboteur who holds the key to his salvation — or doom.
Industry legend WARREN ELLIS joins AfterShock comics with this mysterious and captivating tale full of shock, secrets and surprises. LINK