Disclosure: This review will be entirely spoiler free. If you’ve been paying attention to Graphic Policy lately, you’ll have noticed that we’re big fans of 21 Pulp‘s inaugural comic book miniseries, Hero Hourly. That book is one that you need to track down, and as Patrick said in his review, it may be best to go directly to the publisher.
I’m going to tell you now that you’re going to want to add Imposter to your pull list. It’s brilliant.
I’ll level with you, now. I’m a Valiant man, and I have been for a year or so because the comics they put out are some of the best in the industry. For my money, the only publisher giving them a run for their money these days is 21 Pulp. Hero Hourly is without question the best action comedy series around (and easily one of the best comics), and Imposter is just as good.
But what’s the comic about, I could probably hear you ask if we were talking face to face? Well, dear reader, the back of the comic says that;
The Centipede is Black City’s crime vigilante. Captain Apex is Earth’s cosmic defender. Dr. Oculus is a sorcerer who fights demons from other realms. And Jungle Jack is the hero of the Wild Lands. All four of them are connected by a dangerous secret that could destroy the world, and Hale Barker just learned what it is.
Although the review itself is entirely spoiler free, the secret is revealed – or at least strongly hinted at – on the publisher’s website. Do not go looking for it. It’s so much better if you don’t know what it is when you open the book.
Imposter is a very well written, brilliantly illustrated comic with a central plot point that I want to talk about that I want to discuss in at least a small amount of detail, but that’ll be in another review. To get a feeling of this series, the opening issue has an almost Batman mixed with one of the pulp vigilantes sort of flavour, and yet the comic transcends that comparison in so many ways.
Get your retailer to add this to you pull list, an find out why 21 Pulp is putting out some of the best comics around. You won’t regret it.
Writer: James Patrick
Pencils and Inks: Martin Szymanski Colours: Omscaro Valladao
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy
21 Pulp provided a FREE copy for review.
The review was previously run on Graphic Policy.