By Nolan P Smith
A deer driving a car, a six-armed man beating up a fish, massive iguanas wandering the lands: welcome to Nowhere. More precisely, welcome to the King of Nowhere #1 from Boom! Studios.
By W. Maxwell Prince, Tyler Jenkins. Hilary Jenkins and Andworld Design, King of Nowhere is a dream inside of a nightmare inside of a comic book. The book opens with our protagonist Denis waking up on the outskirts of Nowhere- literally. Disorientated, Denis thinks he is in one heck of a dream as he sees things that make no sense. Like a bartender with his face upside down. It’s a bar filled with creatures of all sorts: winged women, skeletons, fish people, you name it. Once trouble ensues, Denis realizes this might not be a dream. How did he get to the town of Nowhere? And why? And who is that looking for him?
Prince crafts a tale that pulls you right into this oddball town. Denis doesn’t seem like quite the hero type, but I think that’s the point. He is just an everyday person with flaws and a past. I love how the danger ramped up to 11 at the end of the book, showing that this is definitely not a dream. Jenkins, Jenkins, and Andworld Designs do a fantastic job on the visuals. Very dark and muted, and still extraordinary to see. The designs in this dream-like town are amazing, as it looks like Jenkins got to let loose on the creative side and knocked it out of the park.
King of Nowhere #1 is another hit for Boom! Studios, who seem to have their finger on the pulse of the dark, amazing world of comics.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10.
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Nolan P. Smith is the Editor and Co-Founder of Pastrami Nation. Being a reporter for the past ten years, he has worked for a variety of media outlets, from newsprint to the ever-evolving internet platform. Residing in Victorville, CA, writing has always been a significant aspect of his life. You can usually find him at comic book conventions, looking for more amazing books to dive into, or at the gym at odd times of the night. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter @nolanpsmith, and Instagram @kakooee.