This is the most explosively violent and absolutely drop-dead gorgeous comic I have read since R. Grampa’s Mesmo Delivery, Carbon Grey could easily be the best new book of 2011.
The story opens with the assassination of the Kaiser, ruler of Mitteleuropa, and suspicion has fallen on one of the Sisters Grey – his sworn counselors and protectors. The pacing moves so quickly that it is hard to get a good sense of who all the characters really are, but given the incredible hyper-realistic style of art, I didn’t mind. Personally, I bought the issue pretty much expecting a “stunning-cover, lackluster-interior, indie-comic”. Instead, by the second page I knew I was hooked. This comic practically ignites in your hand from the intensity and passion that went into its creation.
The backdrop of this story is a world on the brink of war, with all the machinery and weapons of destruction having the visual feel like The Matrix-meets-WWI-meets-Philip K. Dick’s Man in the High Castle. I had read a preview describing this comic as a steampunk world, but after finishing the first issue, I would tag it more accurately as “dieselpunk”. These are not machines of steam, designed with Victorian sensibilities, but rather, racing combustion engines and Nietzsche-esque uber-women. Reading Carbon Grey is like a high-octane, SFX-perfect action movie, the story also has an intriguing mythology waiting to be revealed with each issue.
Written by Hoang Nguyen, Khari Evans, Paul Gardner, and Mike Kennedy, with art by Hoang Nguyen, Khari Evans and Kinsun Loh; my only word of warning regarding Carbon Grey… this book is not suitable for young readers! For everyone else, this comic is going to be a major break out hit for Image, so pick it up now, and don’t be left out!
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