FCBD 2014: Project Black Sky (Dark Horse)

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CREDIT: Dark Horse Comics

Rating: 4/5 – You’ll Want to Dig Deeper into this Superhero Conspiracy Theory.
by ComicSpectrum Reviewer Ian Gowan.

This free comic has deep dark conspiracy theories, freaky mind controlled apes, and a wise cracking superhero team-up. Now this is how you do a Free Comic Book Day comic. You’re getting a full original content issue for free. Dark Horse comes out of the gate with this lead up to a crossover of their entire superhero line. These five comic book titles include Captain Midnight, Brain Boy, Ghost, Occultist, and X. I haven’t been reading any of these titles but I will be now for this crossover.

Writer Fred Van Lente starts the issue off with the a quick view of the end of the world. The the story quickly flashes back to how we will get there. This is scary stuff but Van Lente adds a lot of humor by playing off the older Captain Midnight having to work with the younger Brain Boy. I only hope that this team-up will continue in their own titles as it really works well. Top Cow and Marc Silvestri studio trained artist Michael Broussard comes out swinging in this issue. The artist choice on this comic is pitch perfect for this blend of superhero action along with a shadowy horror type story. The apes in the story have a special language of their own that you’ll have to discover on your own. A tip of the hat to letterer Nate Piekos on coming up with a new way to do an ape language. The rich but darker coloring by Dan Jackson blends well with the inky shadows. His colors add even more to the mystery of this whole story.

This comic is a perfect time to get on board to the Dark Horse superhero universe. Writer Fred Van Lente gives you just enough information on Captain Midnight and Brain Boy where you won’t be lost or get bored. Artist Michael Broussard’s will rope you in and leave you wanting more of his horror inspired illustration. There’s even a really well made supporting web comic at http://www.projectblacksky.net/ to give you more backstory on how Project Black Sky got started in the first place. This issue is the best of the bunch in the Free Comic book day offerings.

Reviewed by: Ian Gowan
(ian@comicspectrum.com
)
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