Wednesday, December 14, 2011
It wouldn't be easy to count how many artists were inspired by the legendary Jack Kirby, but I know a good homage when I see one. Dangerworld #1 is a great example of that. Written and penciled by Alan Harvey, the story focuses on a hero named The Wanderer...caught in a world of, well....danger!
The story of Dangerworld is admittedly hard to follow. We have The Wanderer "wandering" around and getting into all sorts of trouble.
He sneaks up on an evil gathering lead by Madaro, The Master of All...who is planning on invading the great Rock City. The Wanderer decides to use Madaro's own devices against him...as he pours the flames of the Signal-Fire Urn on top of the villain.
The flames of the altar doesn't seem to faze Madaro, and he is able to easily overpower the naive hero as he summons a greater foe....the menacing Reptar!
The Wanderer battles Reptar in what I think are the best panels in the issue. Nothing wrong with copying Kirby's style...as long as it's done well...which I think Harvey pulls off here.
The story might be lacking, and the artwork might not be quite up to the caliber that Kirby put forth...it still is enjoyable to look at and there are some terrific panels to be had here. Although Dangerworld lasted three issues, it looks like a new version of the comic is being self-released by Bill Harvey, who I am guessing is the same guy as Alan Harvey...for the artwork looks exactly the same as this version.
For more on the new Dangerworld series, check it out here: www.beholdcomics.com