Often, when I’m at the comic book store, I scan the shelves to see if there is anything that catches my eye, something that I overlooked in Previews. One week, it was The Activity by Nathan Edmondson (story) and Mitch Gerads (art). This book was an awesome surprise and wins the award for being a new book that actually did something cool, it just felt new. Don’t get me wrong, The Activity is not reinventing sequential art or anything but it is certainly pushing some bounds and stepping away far enough away from tradition to be unique and get noticed.
Why did this book catch my eye? It was all about the cover. It looked nothing like anything else on the shelves but it was not too crazy that it couldn’t make an audience for itself. The cover to The Activity was at least partially white which reached out to me, the logo was lower on the cover than many other titles, but it had humans – non-super-powered people with guns to ground it. This might be stretching it a bit but the cover reminded me of something that Jonathan Hickman might have been involved with. Oh, and I just want to mention that the cover price spoke to me as well – It was “only” $3.50 as opposed to many of the other books that were $4.00.
Once I got the book home, the book paid off in both writing and art inside. The writing was smooth and efficient and reminded me of Andy Diggle and Jock’s The Losers – a book that I was a fan of. The art and visual storytelling of the book was also well-done but most importantly, it made use of whole-page vertical panels as introductions, setting establishments, and visual anchors to the action of the page. It was great, ingenious, novel work. By now, the trades for this book might already be out, go pick it up.