Wild Bullets is an action packed comic book coming from the Michigan Comics Collective. And in an age where superheroes dominate the box office and folk scramble to emulate it, this feels like a breath of fresh air to me. Colliding 4 genres synonymous to those found in classic pulp novels, Wild bullets offers fun, character, action and a sumptuous variety of great artwork in a one-shot comic that takes the reader on a wild ride.
Exploring grisly goings on in the household of the titular ‘Bullet’ family, the story branches off into shorts exploring the lives of the four family members, each with its own unique art style. From a critical standpoint it would be unfair to compare them; each look is completely unique, fresh and a feast for the eyes, while the well written characters tie it all together. Each character screams with personality and each have their own discernible voice and identity, which is something I search hard for in a market saturated with heroes in tights.
I’m not going to touch on the plot much, as, like myself, the best way to read Wild Bullets is to go in with no idea what to expect, to sit back, and enjoy the experience. While reading this it quickly becomes apparent that the book is a labour of love for all involved. And in a month where I’m suffering from severe hero fatigue (going so far as to cancel nearly everything on my pull-list in a quest to find something fresh and alternative) Wild Bullets came to my attention at a perfect time. And I thank them for that.
Wild Bullets is out now on drivethrucomics.com
Trick’R’Pete is a quirky horror tale illustrated and written by Aaron Wood. I encountered Aaron a few months ago through social media, being both a comics creator and fan I enjoy talking to others chasing the same dream, anybody funding their own project instantly gets all my respect and enjoyed talking shop with him about publishers, techniques and our projects. Trick’R’Pete is truly a story that comes from the heart and is unlike anything else I’ve read, and trust me, that’s a REALLY good thing (why read a watchmen imitator when you can read watchmen).
The story explores these dark themes of growing up in poverty, as the grateful young protagonist is given a home-made Halloween costume by his hard-working mother, only to face bullies and heartbreak as a result. On an emotional level it is impossible to not to connect with this story, it’s fair to say everyone has been affected by bullying on one form or another, and Aarons’ well-paced, beautifully structured and exciting début takes the reader on a journey that twists, turns and entertains. Like the fireside tales of yore, the book serves as both a cautionary tale of bullying and ultimate comeuppance aswell as a masterful horror début for Mr Wood.
The artwork is also great stuff considering it is his first book, while he confesses he is inspired by the works of Scottie Young and the creators of TMNT, the homages are clear, but delicately constructed to avoid slipping into imitation territory. The monochrome panels ooze atmosphere that complement the story perfectly.
So overall, Aaron wood has broken into the world of comics with a creation that he should be extremely proud of, even I’m not happy with my first comic, but Trick’R’Pete is a strong piece of work and I look forward to buying my print copy. The digital copy is out now on Drive-Thru Comics and the print copies will land any day now, message him on Facebook to get yours!