The latest release under the ComicHaus banner is Steven Horry’s Lizard Men – a title that eased through its Kickstarter at the end of last year – so a catch-up on this one was overdue.
After a whirlwind tour through the life of Dylan Zamani we see that he has achieved the impossible by transitioning from a self-destructive singer to Prime Minister of the UK and the wave of unexpected popularity has the whole country buzzing with a “What the F—?” vibe. The supporters, the conspiracy theorists and everyone else stops to take a look at what this could mean for the future of the country.
The thing is, that’s all playing out with the formality you would expect as the media frenzy kicks in but with his first hours in office there’s much more going on behind the scenes. Cue the watchful eyes from the shadows and Dylan’s reluctance to toe the line could well get him in more trouble than he thought ever possible.
Steven’s got this new six part title off to an impressive start as he’s keeping the details as close to his chest as he can and with some brilliant art from Catia Fantini filling the pages it just feels like one of the freshest reads around. A smart panel layout helps manage the momentum of the story really well as decades pass here, moment of clarity hit there and the presence of another force hangs across the pages with a sinister edge to it. That vibe is emboldened further by the colours from Chiara Bonacini and Ken Reynolds’ typically slick lettering adds its own touch to the moods across this opening issue.
Modern, smarter than it first appears and after the first issue I’m on-board for the entire run……so that’s a clear indication of just how good this is. Go try it…..you won’t be disappointed.