Greetings from the desert fellow CBSI members. Welcome to the 5th edition of the the Blood Bank!
Today we are going to look at latest creation by the talented Adam Glass. This amazing artist also has a screenwriter and television producer. Some of his small screen credits include Supernatural, Cold Case, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. All of which he wrote and produced during some point of their run.
On the comics side he has written issues of Deadpool, Luke Cage, and Suicide Squad. Finally Crush (Lobo’s daughter? anyone? He created her too just name a few. Finally, his latest rendition for Aftershock, Rough Riders was a amazing read. The series features a super-group of late 19th Century historical figures ranging from Annie Oakley to Harry Houdini, fighting under Roosevelt's flag in a shadow war. Phenomenal read folks, give it a try.
Here’s a look at your heroes below:
Alright, moving on Adam’s newest baby is titled Lollipop Kids.
“This plays with the idea that the immigrants who have poured into this country for over 400 years didn't just come here in search of the American Dream, they came here to get rid of their monsters so that their home countries would never again have to suffer,” Adam Glass continues, “Which means America is the secret prison to all the monsters throughout history, everything from Dragons, the Big Bad Wolf, Medusa, Vlad the Impaler, Frankenstein, etc…and they have all been locked up for hundreds of years in the Greensward Forest — better known today as Central Park.”
So what helps protect those baddies from the rest of the world? They are called the Legacies, a title handed down over generations of those who battle with the beasts. Years ago, early settlers locked these monsters away in a secret prison deep in the woods of New Amsterdam so that they never would return to the Old World again. Those woods have since become Central park and now, the monsters have escaped! Nick, a 14-year-old Harlem resident, finds out that he is a “legacy” to a secret society, that for the last four hundred years has kept these monsters in check. Now Nick and a ragtag group of kids just like him have to put the monsters back before they get out of the park and destroy the city.
The art is done beautifully by Diego Yapur. The atmosphere is enhanced by the colors. The text doesn’t have anyone stating their names, forcing the reader to take some time with this illustration so they can be remembered and identified later. Each character is sporting some unique tech, weapon, or ability that differentiates them from one another. The panel at the end of issue # 1 is very cool, and has me hoping that upcoming issues will allow Yapur return to this time period, or other older ones, to reveal what occurred in the past. When Nick goes looking for his sister in the park, every clue is fantastic. In addition, his struggle has been more about dealing with his dyslexia that was discovered a few years prior. He’s largely got it managed and all but it’s interesting to get the little details of his life growing up, the nature of aspects of Central Park. Check out these panel below highlighting how he sees the sign with dyslexia, or how he writes. There is a ton attention to details throughout the entire issue.
Verdict: The Lollipop Kids has a great lead as we are introduced to supernatural foes and new friends as he searches for his sister. The peek into the history of this group has me very interested at what they can do and the pantheon of creatures that they will battle. The visuals are very strong, creating reality and the past as well. Hell, even the letters are strong visual elements of this book. Some of tagged it “Harry Potter for the inner city kids” My feelings are it’s much more than that. This plays to anyone of us who were kids and used to dream up scenarios while we played in local parts. I look at it more like a Goonies, with some supernatural elements linked within the story.
Why here’s a look at the kiddos now:
Finally, there are a cool Con variants that can be tracked down as well if that interests your collecting habits. There is two from Baltimore and one from NYCC. As you know, eBay is a go to place for these as well.
As always, I appreciate you guys taking the time to read. If there ever is suggestions for other books to write about in the Blood Bank, please let me know!