READING FROM THE RACK:
On Wednesday, September 26th, Legendary Comics releases The Tower Chronicles: Geisthawk – Volume 1! Written by Matt Wagner (Grendel and Mage), developed with Thomas Tull (300 and The Dark Knight), and featuring art by Simon Bisley (Lobo, 200 AD) The Tower Chronicles is the tale of John Tower, a supernatural bounty hunter. His missions lead him into mankind’s most dangerous places to banish poltergeists, demons, and other supernatural evils that plague his “sometimes respectable” patrons.
THE AV TAKE:
What can I say for this preview of “The Tower Chronicles: Geisthawk – Volume 1” is that it reads like a pitch for a comic book movie that would’ve been made in the late 1990s. That truly pains me to say, as I fully respect the talents of Matt Wagner and Simon Bisley. That being said, I’m not sure where the fault lies. I’m not familiar with the work of Thomas Tull and I do respect that Legendary Comics is trying to develop into their own thing. I was just a kid of the 1990s comic crash and I remember the sheer glut of comic companies trying to world build poorly developed universes so that they could flip it for an animated series or a movie starring Black Dynamite.
So, the plot is that we have this mysterious bounty hunter type that hunts down a freaky bird lady. She doesn’t start off as a freaky bird, but morphs into it. Then, we get some dialogue free pages to watch our John Tower hunt her down. There is a hint of supernatural flair, but nothing major to spell it out. That being said, it carries its basic premise well. You just have to be invested in its premise.
In an industry where the Big Two have turned into a pair of incestuous siblings sucking at whatever flab is flowing free, while the indies struggle to tell amazing stories with clear purpose…this arrives. That’s not to say that it’s bad, hell this is nothing more than a twelve page ashcan. It might turn out to be pretty awesome. That being said, there’s just not enough to go on. It feels like a movie/television pitch wrapped in Chromium clothing. It’s a Jim Lee cover, so some fanboys will brave a new title on the market to try it out.
RELEASE DATE: 09/26/2012
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