A review of Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity, published by Image Comics.
Written and drawn by Brandon Graham.
Few minds like Brandon can take a plot about bounty hunting and goes mixing and matching visual stuff to make a zesty and zany 40+ page serial. The dire world of Warheads is where everybody and everything have their say. It’s almost as if Graham is challenging readers to get immersed his unique world containing some weird sound effect lettering and expressive speech bubbles from the non-humanoids. Brandon boldly splashes in various visual influences such as graffiti and Eastern mysticism.
The protagonist couple are Nikoli, a part-werewolf and has lupine dreams, and his girlfriend, Sexica, an organ smuggler. Their stop to get needed supplies is a memorable little episode establishing their need to survive. While they travel the long road, a menacing, head-slicing hunter called the Blue Nura on the prowl for the head of the ditzy Duke. Their meeting has the right amount of comedy and action-based tension. Also within the comic are many vibrant characters and locales like the Liver Pool. Yes, Brandon is never sparse with the puns. Never.
Graham as a storyteller lets his imagination run wild, but Warheads isn’t a self-indulgent display of chaos. It may be a challenge for some to read some tiny, handwritten lettering on a display. Alphabet to Infinity isn’t just meant to be read, but experienced. I’m impressed at Brandon seems to violate sequential art conventions, yet actually crafts an engaging story if one decides to dive in.
As I publish this review, Brandon’s on a small tour signing tour this week. Read the details along with the special variant cover and 6-page preview of this issue.
Tags: Image Comics