The interesting thing when reviewing a new Big Bang comic is I not only have to assess the merits of the book, but I also must take into account people's preconceived notions of what "Big Bang" really is. You see, Big Bang was originally conceived as an entire universe, stretching from the Golden Age to the present. It just so happened that the retro stuff came out first, and it so captured the imagination of people that it wound up being what defined Big Bang Comics in the minds of many readers.
I was one of those readers. I was VERY resistant to anything they did that smacked of a "modern" (post-60s) sensibility. Yes, even their forays into the Bronze Age were not welcomed quite as enthusiastically by yours truly. Gradually, though, I came around and have been able to appreciate and even embrace those Big Bang books that are more contemporary than nostalgic.
I bring all this up because Knight Watchman: Skeletons In The Closet is very much a modern style superhero book. However, it's quite a good one! There's some clever writing and moody, finely-crafted artwork. The whole thing fits into the ongoing tapestry of the Knight Watchman's big story without getting bogged down in a lot of flashbacks. In short, I liked it a lot.
However, be forewarned that this is also a gruesome comic. I wouldn't call it excessive or over-the-top, but it is also not for the squeamish. If you don't expect a happy Silver Age type story, you should not be overly shocked.
Knight Watchman: Skeletons In The Closet is being made available through IndyPlanet as a POD book. You can order it via this link. I'm pleased with this first POD title from Big Bang Comics proper (Mort Todd published the Protoplasman book discussed last year), and am looking forward to further offerings. Meanwhile, check out the newly-remodeled Big Bang Comics Official Site either by this link or through the RSS feed in OWARI's blogroll!
6 months ago