As a new contributing writer and stringer for the What’cha Reading family, I am always on the look out for a title that may be worthwhile to spotlight or an idea that could be important enough to share. I have started to look at the weekly wave of titles more differently, and it’s a quality that is tremendous to me as I work at Royal Collectibles, your friendly neighborhood comic shop in Forest Hills, NY. So when I received word from Chuck, the editor monkey, as he refers to himself (or as my own personal Perry White, as I like to think of him as) that he was looking for someone eager to deliver an advance review of Action Lab’s “Crimson Society” #1, I was more than happy to be that guy. Here is my first look review of Action Lab’s “action packed tale(s) of a monstrous near future world” called “Crimson Society.’
“Crimson Society” is written by Los Angeles based writer, Mike Hunau and illustrated by Carlos Trigo. The project started off on Kickstarter and was successfully funded on October 21, 2012. It scheduled for release this month, with six issues already completed, and is the perfect example of why supporting comic books and the creators is so important. It not only helps them, but also allows the given artist and writer to live doing what they love. Action Lab put out fun titles, but titles that are perhaps lost during the week when we have titles such as “Death of Wolverine” and “The new 52: Futures End” hitting shelves. We are consistent in reaching for the big guys while overlooking the other guys. And possibly missing out on a fantastic story. “Crimson Society” is one of those fantastic stories. The premise is this: the year is 2030 and in Pearl City, supernatural beings (vampires and werewolves) live in among (and possibly in a seeming harmony) with humans. The concept is familiar, being explored notably in the SyFy series “Being Human” but has a sci-fi twist. It’s the future, 2030, and our hero, Jack Crimson, is a bit of a cyborg. He’s a werewolf, infused with the blood of 33 different vampires and enhanced with “limitless power limb enhancers also known as constaine nano-technology.” Sounds trippy, right?
“Crimson Society” is good trippy. It’s the kind of fun title that you read and find yourself talking up to your friends at the local comic book store. It’s the kind of book I’ll definitely be promoting once we get in. It’s the kind of book that reminds us that when you’re looking for “action packed tales of a monstrous near future world” no one does it better than Action Lab’s own, “Crimson Society.”
Oh, and just one more thing. I love animation and any kind of art that brings to mind Saturday morning cartoons. Kudos to Carlos Trigo and his work on “Crimson Society.” I now have a new favorite artist to keep an eye out for.
Writer(s): Mike Hunau
Artist Name(s): Carlos Trigo
Cover Artist(s): Carlos Trigo (r), Daniel Logan (v)
Synopsis: In the very near future, supernatural beings live among humans in peace, yet Jack Crimson finds his life as a werewolf frustrating, and wants nothing more than a cure. Desperate to free himself from this curse, he makes a series of decisions leading him down an unexpected path. Join Jack as he makes his way through this dark new world. Features a variant cover by Daniel Logan (Ghost Town), limited to 1,500 copies!
32pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC 3.99 (reg) 4.99 (var)