Journeymen: Brain Like a Bomb, Bating Readers for Adventures

Dark Horse Presents #20

Dark Horse Presents #20

In Dark Horse Presents #20 alongside other notable creators like Duane Swierczynski and Michael Avon Oeming, you’ll find favorites Todd “Brocasso” HarrisGeoffrey Thorne who are debuting their new venture, Journeymen.  Journeymen chronicles the adventures of J.M. Swift and Dr. Hayley Shore, travelers in time, space, and all dimensions, known and unknown.

The first installment of Journeymen featured in Dark Horse Presents #20 goes on sale January 23rd.  Brain Like a Bomb, this first chapter of Journeymen bates readers into serious adventure potential with brainy women, bounding beasts, monstrous action and talented creative might.

Brain Like a Bomb deftly introduces the reader to J.M. Swift, first as the not yet seen narrator telling the tale of Dr Hayley Shore as she fights for her life against a great beast from the ingenious minds of Harris and Thorne.  Harris’ art is wonderfully detailed line-work with black, white, grey and shades of orange that make the action leap off the page through his mastery of visual storytelling.  Harris’ panel layout progresses the story from the calm of a downtown afternoon to a moment that can only be completely captured in the title of this chapter, Brain Like a Bomb.  There is one super-action panel sequence in this story where Harris completely destroys but somehow still lives within the boundaries of comic book convention and exploration of this visual medium.

Thorne’s writing in Journeymen shows that he can twist contemporary character archetypes to be strong , witty, unique, and compelling.  Brain Like a Bomb introduces characters that cause the reader to not only take in today’s adventure but also wonder where they’ve already been and what they’ll see.  Thorne expresses his own wit with smart dialogue and catchy phrases like the title of this chapter.  Thorne also builds a smart chapter progression by using the story within a story scenario introducing Swift as the narrator telling the tale of Shore who herself ultimately meets Swift in the culmination of this first chapter.

Journeymen:  Brain Like a Bomb should not only be read because it’s an incredibly fun introduction to characters and adventure but also because its creators are working to do something new with the medium, building on a strong understanding of how it works and what can be done with it.

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