Bursting onto the independent comics scene with Nowhere Man You Don’t Know Jack Vol. 1, creator Jerome Walford won the Glyph Award for Best Male Character for Jack Maguire (who, I imagine, has to share the award with Zade). Jerome also picked up a couple of Glyph Award nominations for best artist and best cover along the way.
NMYDKJV1 tells the story of NYPD officer Jack Maguire as he finds out about the mystery behind his powers and the enigmatic Zade who is taking up precious real estate in his mind and body. If you don’t know of Jack and Company, go check out my review of Vol. 1 and hurry on back.
Hey you’re back!
And so is Jack!
Jerome now delivers the hotly anticipated next chapter with Nowhere Man: Jacked Up Vol. 2. Double-threat Jerome again writes and illustrates a fast paced story of crime and intrigue with time traveling sci-fi mixed in. I also have to mention the outstanding color art which also makes Jerome a triple threat. Can I make him a quadruple threat? Jerome designs the best covers I’ve seen anywhere between indie and mainstream comics. The cover to Vol. 2 features Rose Yancey and rightfully so since this is mainly her story.
Jerome hooked me up with a preview copy! Six months after the events of Vol 1, we find Jack in a coma and Rose Yancey harboring her own secrets as Zade takes control! From the beautifully illustrated opening prologue that takes place in Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood cemetery, resting place of many Civil War Veterans, to the climactic face-off in the hospital, Jerome’s cinematic storytelling style picks up pace quickly. More clues are given as to the origins of Zade but dang it if Jerome doesn’t add yet another wrinkle to the story.
The attention to details such as locations, newspaper ads and technical manuals that Jerome sprinkles in is what makes this book so enjoyable to me. What may seem to be just random decor or background objects is actually there for a purpose. From the covert meetings in the first chapter to the intriguing revelation in the third chapter, I was engaged. As I mentioned in my review of Vol. 1, my favorite aspects of this story are the diverse cast and the procedural police work (and Zade’s costume, particularly his toed boots) and Vol. 2 is no exception.
However it is apparent this is a transitional story so I highly recommend finding and reading the previous chapters. It is all coming together as a great read.
I wish this article could be longer (it’s not like Chuck is paying me by the word…) but I don’t have any complaints about the book, except for the tinge of jealousy I have for Jerome since he is accomplishing what I’ve personally been trying to do since I was a young-lad. In all sincerity, he is working hard to produce a quality series. If you are a supporter of indie comics, or you are a mainstream reader looking for a great indie book, you can’t go wrong with the Nowhere Man books by Jerome Walford.
They are also available at these local comic shops:
Bergen Street Comics, Brooklyn, NY
Carmine Street Comics, Manhattan, NY
Galaxy Comics, Brooklyn, NY
Comics Etc., Rochester, NY
Titan Comics, Dallas, TX
Go to Forward Comics www.forwardcomix.com for more info.