With Dark Horse Presents #21 comes the next installment of Geoffrey Thorne and Todd “Brocasso” Harris’ Journeymen. In DHP #20′s first few pages of Journeymen, Thorne and Harris introduced their characters, J. McDuffie Swift, Dr. Hayley Elizabeth Shore and a metric-monster-ton of action, adventure and intrigue. With this latest installment of Journeymen, Boy @ the Bottom, its creative duo delivers the reader fascinating details about Swift and smart moments from the mind of Shore, two characters that become even more interesting with this action-packed chapter.
In just 8 pages of Journeymen: Boy @ the Bottom, Thorne packs an extreme amount of detail and scene changes but Harris does an excellent job of abusing the medium to his will, pulling out a bag full of tricks that makes all of this seem simple and fluid. Specifically, Harris uses color to effectively break the rule about not having multiple location changes in a single page – something that often causes readers to be lose focus in a story. However, Harris’ understanding of the medium and Thorne’s smart writing make this transition a seamless additive to the story.
Thorne also pulls off a top-notch trick with Journeymen that only a seasoned veteran could do. The lead characters in Boy @ the Bottom are not involved in any serious action which can be a bit of a letdown in any other action book. However, there’s still this crazy monster from the first chapter that’s raging to find Shore. It’s this Sasquatch that rends doors and takes leaps of faith while our protagonists talk amongst themselves with little or no physical thrill. And, in the end of the chapter, Swift and Shore still have a dramatic confrontation with this action-packed beastie.
Thorne and Harris keep driving the story in Dark Horse Presents’ Journeymen as they show that they are talented creators with a solid future in the comic book industry.