Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Jason Howard
Publisher: Image Comics
Reviewed by: Rick Garcia
The new Image comic Cemetery Beach kicks off with a scene that most of us have seen dozens of times in movies and television shows, an interrogator threatening a captive in a small room. The captive is naked and handcuffed to a table, afraid of what the interrogator has in store for him. The tense scene plays out as we learn a bit about the captured soldier. The soldier’s name is Michael Blackburn and he quickly discovers that he is in over his head.With a fellow captive by the name of Grace Moody he escapes their prison and discovers the shocking world outside the compound walls.
Writer Warren Ellis is an old hand at fast paced comics. He knows how to provide just enough information to keep you guessing while adding fun characters along the way. Blackburn appears to be a hard edged soldier who is always ready with a good quip.
The other prisoner he meets is a woman that goes by the name of Grace Moody, and she is a skilled pilot and killer. They help each other escape the compound while eluding death at every turn. Ellis doesn’t provide many answers in this first issue, but what is given is intriguing enough to continue on the journey.
Artist Jason Howard has a sketchy style to his art. Based on the frantic pace of most of the issue it is well suited. The futuristic vehicles and setting are well designed and the action is easy to follow. The coloring is muted enough keep if from being a distraction.
Letter FONOGRAFIXS also does a splendid job of adding to the overall package without drawing attention away from the art.
Cemetery Beach is a fun, fast paced read. A cure for over written comics that are light on action.