All this month I'll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. A quick note - since this month is so relatively short, I'll be featuring an extra comic every week, for a total of 32 comics spotlighted! Here is a list of all the comics spotlighted so far!
Today we take a look at The Joshua Run #1-3 from Lion Forge Comics, which is based on an idea from comedian/actor Flex Alexander and is written by Brandon Easton and drawn by JJBR (with colors by Sai Studios)
Brandon Easton is a really impressive comic book writer. In The Joshua Run, he takes what is about as cliched of a premise as you can imagine (a hacker gets caught up in an international conspiracy and must go on the run with the help of an FBI Agent who gets caught up in the conspiracy) and delivers a strong, character-driven story.
I also was really impressed with the kinetic nature of JJBR's artwork - for a book that is all about a character being on the run, having a dynamic artist like JJBR really helps. Here are a few sample pages from when our hero, David Joshua (Joshua is an odd last name), is about to be killed by some black ops guys before FBI Agent Reyes stumbles into the scene and distracts the bad guys, giving David time to swipe a grenade off of one of the bad guys...
The delivery of information by Easton was well handled and I liked how it both demonstrates the cleverness of the bad guys' plans as well as Reyes' cleverness for figuring it all out. I like Reyes as a character. She comes off well in the series so far. David, meanwhile, is a charming enough hero. In the previous issue, his mother and brother came to visit him and I like the pathos of the way that he realizes that he really let his family down with his hacking, as his family is now in danger because of what he came across (which apparently is some conspiracy involving Africa - David found some money being siphoned from the IRS when he was doing his hacking job and fixing someone's tax bill).
The Joshua Run has really lived up to its name so far - it has been quite a run. I am interested in seeing how long they can keep up the high energy of the first three issues.
Lion Forge Comics do their books as eBooks, so you can pick up The Joshua Run on Kindle here.