KING, Issue 1
Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artist: Bernard Chang
Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover: Bernard Chang & Marcelo Maiolo
Editor: Paul Morrissey
Publisher: Jet City Comics
KING tells the story of a lively young man named, well, King. Currently living in Los Angeles, he also happens to be the last human on Earth. Although the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, the city is still bustling with life—and bad traffic. This is not your run of the mill dystopian story; if it weren’t for King’s narration of Los Angeles, readers would probably just assume that the setting was another planet.
Being the combat expert he is, King always finds himself in a fight with the creatures that now inhabit the Earth—from hyper-intelligent dinosaurs to alien possessed Greek Gods. Even in a dangerous society made up of these English speaking monsters, King still has a day job—to search for ‘The Seed of Life’.
The search for the seed has been going on for decades by the time King was recruited to begin searching for it. It’s said that only this seed can “bring the Earth to its former brilliance and allow it to sustain life and regrow resources.” Unfortunately for King, no one knows what this ‘Life-Seed’ actually looks like and all of the previous leads have been false ones, and he ends up finding “rocks painted with purple sparkle” or a “sexy creature to mate with”. While on this tedious task to find the Seed, King is knocked unconscious by a giant karate robot bear. After waking up, he comes across a woman by the name of Queen—his sister.
While the story is captivating and well-written, the art is extraordinary. Bernard Chang’s art combined with Marcelo Maiolo’s coloring makes for very attractive pages. From the detailed line art to the vibrant colors, every piece of art is worthy of framing. The art is so intricate that you’re bound to notice new details every time you focus on a panel, even after reading the comic multiple times. I would honestly love to see the comic turned into an animated feature in the future; the art style and structure of each page really lends itself to animation.
Everything about the first issue of KING is brilliant. It’s a great addition to the dystopian genre, especially at this point in time where it is so common in literature and movies that contain similar arcs and tropes. It’s refreshing and we could stand to see more unique twists on stories and genres the way KING does. I had a blast reading this comic and if you decide to give it a read, I’m sure you will too.
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KaMara Brown is an aspiring screenwriter with a love for art books, comic books, video games, and old Disney movies. When she not obsessing over those things, she’s either looking for new shows to watch, or daydreaming about her unfinished screenplays. You can find her on Twitter @keepitkreativ