“In late 1983, the first issue of Whisper appeared from Capital Comics and instantly became their bestselling title. Unfortunately, Capital as also a distributor, and other publishers were displeased at their distributor going into competition with them. Capital realized distribution was more profitable than publishing and abandoned their comics company. Not long afterward, Whisper (along with Capital’s other titles, Nexus and The Badger) reappeared at First Comics for a run that lasted until 1991.”Â
“The author describes the book as crime/espionage with a flavor of political paranoia (which sounds much like the recurring news sections of his column Permanent Damage). The lead character is a female ninja, a type that was new then but overused now, so I’m intrigued by his attempt to reimagine the character in a way that’s in keeping with comic history.”
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“If a studio were able to contain an explosion, harness the energy, and finally distill that energy into comic book form, that studio could only be BOOM! Studios. They exploded onto the scene last year, and were such a breath of fresh air in the industry that Wizard called them, “Best New Publisher.”
“…creepy, eerie and captivating.”
“Kody Chamberlain’s loose but moody style establishes the tone for the book.”Â His washed out colors make the world gray, not absolute, except for flashes of reds and browns here and there.”Â The only colors we see are blood-like, working a subtle danger and anxiety into the book.”Â As well as zombies, Boom Studios have a knack for finding just the right artist for their projects.
“Tag continues the strong debuts from Boom Studios in recent months.”
“Tag #1 is pretty much the exact book I’d come to think Keith Giffen should write. He’s been doing humor and horror independent of each other for Boom! over the last year, and this tale of a man undergoing a slow, painful zombification combines elements of both, though the humor isn’t prominent enough to spoil the mood.
“The pacing could be called methodical, but in a manner that maximizes tension and dramatic development that is one half of a creative synergy that gives Tag an assured feel. Kody Chamberlain’s pencils don’t seek to unhinge readers with splash pages of cadaverous visions and gore; instead he seeks to unnerve us within the confines of our own neighborhoods, a familiar street corner gains mysteries when in shadows and on a stormy night, where just like benevolence, horror doesn’t so much exist Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it simply occurs.
“The choice of game is intriguing in itself. It’s a universally known quantity, and in Japan (called Onigokko) one who is “it” is referred to as oni – which translated can be interpreted as a demon – who remains so cursed until he tags another…
“Tag #1 is a promising example of what I consider optimal horror…”
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“Tag isn’t high-octane horror, splattering vivid blood and guts around. It captures that elusive feeling of dread, creating a mid-level of compelling storytelling that still allows for the imagination to run wild.
“Kody Chamberlain draws one haunting Sharpie…”Â His art doesn’t look like a horror comic, but it also doesn’t look like anything but–there are establishing panels in Tag, nothing but buildings, full of foreboding, full of dread. Chamberlain’s scenes between people are nice too–his eyes are beautiful.