King! A series you should be reading!
I originally wrote this back in August 2010 and it's up at comicattack.net. I was very proud of the last paragraph.
Back at the beginning of the year I had a chance to sit down and talk with Thomas Hall and Daniel Bradford, the creative powerhouse behind Blacklist Studios. At that time they had just released the amazing comic Robot 13, We talked a little about that gem of a comic, but I couldn’t help being mesmerized by the book they had in the works, King! Now that I’ve had a chance to look at the finished work, I am blown away! This four issue mini-series from Blacklist Studios is going to be hot! You gotta love the King, baby!
There are some great team-ups in the world of comic books: Wolfman and Perez, Eastman and Laird, Lee and Kirby, and now Hall-Bradford. Hall and Bradford have teamed up to create a series that is funny, ass-kicking, and explosive! This is only their sophomore comic, and I think they are starting to catch a real solid groove with King! Jessie King is an ex-professional wrestler, Elvis impersonating, monster slaying bad ass mofo who knows how to handle a pistol. In the first issue, King faces off against a horde of zombies and one angry evil god, and grabs a breakfast burrito in the process! Plus, King tries his hand as a Sushi Chef, which goes sour when someone orders octopus!
The writing on this series reminds me of everything I love about comics, I just can’t describe how cool this comic is! It’s quirky, fast paced, and I would expect this series to catch on like a wildfire. Once you read it you will understand. Bradford’s art is influenced by Mignola’s work, which you could see easier in his previous work Robot 13, but in King! he adds a unique style that’s all his own! His ability to depict action is inspired, and his visual storytelling is brilliant. Bradford’s artistic style fits King! like a glove. I can’t wait to see his work on this series in the future!