I mentioned in my review of Days of Hate that there was a better comic of the future by Image. This is that comic. Bonehead is created by the artist known as Machine 56. However, it’s been adapted to Manga in Japan. But Image has been taking a few more chances (when they’re not allowing Ales Kot and his ilk to produce crap OC) and importing more exotic stories.
Isn’t that an impressive cover? I know it’s small to see right now, but the full cover is graphically impressive. The mix of bold, solid colors against contrasting backgrounds. That’s the world of the comics that we all remember from Generation X. Rhoald Marcellius takes us back to that time with his art. And Sakti Yuwono gives us these bright mixes of actual and digital color.
This is the stuff that makes a good book! The art catches your eyes. It pulls you in when you see a visually impressive color job like this. This makes you want to read the damn book! And what a book it is that Bryan Edward Hill has written. Bonehead covers the tale of 56, and the title refers to his Virtual Reality optimizing visor that’s common in this world.
He’s being assisted by his handler, Aleph. (Yes, there is connotation there. The Jewish First Letter for A, Aleph.) Aleph is in charge of all of the systems that keep 56 alive. More on that story, by the way, in future issues. The world is a cross between Mirror’s Edge and Equilibrium. The cities are cordoned off into zones or conclaves that are either populated by: the government, the proletariat (the actual meaning, commies), the bourgeoisie (the actual meaning), the poor, and the violent gangs.
The first issue covers 56 testing his systems by chasing the test drone, AL-3PH. We see his parkour skills in action as he uses the regular mail drones in the half-hour time span to chase the drone. Everything in his view is also sent to Aleph’s computers. As he’s always recording, there is always a bird’s eye view of 56’s actions. And it shows in every single panel.
If there’s any negative, there are errors in spelling and grammar. That only occurs in one panel, though. Which with a group that’s probably ESL doing the lettering and ink… That’s a pretty good number to have. Marvel can’t even keep one consistent story from issue to issue. There may be political undertones in this book, but it’s not in your face. Even the Gladiator is an honest cop, to be fair.
All he’s doing is chasing the purported criminal that they system is telling him to go after. You know, how actual law enforcement works. And we don’t have an insight into 56’s actual ethnicity, because he is always masked. And the shading work is expertly done so that we never truly identify it. Everything is paced just right to keep you flipping your physical pages or clicking your tablet.
This book is excellence. Buy it and pre-order issue two. Because Blackdeath awaits.