One of the things I respect about him is his candor on things I’ve grown into lately. It’s rather obvious that as we grow older we have phases. Two or three years ago I was more of a Marvel guy than a DC person, in high school I was a DC reader, but now I think I’m more Image and creator-owned, and things started to move in that direction towards the end of my time in New York. I think it is very safe to say at this point that I’ve gone mostly creator-owned since I’ve moved back upstate, because I’m spending quite a bit of time thinking about the kind of writing I would like to be doing and whether I’m even interested superheroes, which I’m pretty sure I’m not.
There are maybe one or two or three books from Marvel and DC that I anticipate and buy regularly, and I suspect that will wax and wain. Since I’m not as well connected as I used to be, and more hooked into digital I like taking chances on more creator-owned stuff, because it’s probably a more rewarding read than the latest four-dollar nineteen-page Avengers or Justice League book. I buy nearly everything from Image and Monkeybrain, but I think the reason for that is I adore the stuff they do at Image because their publisher seems like a pretty straight-up guy who is more concerned with people over corporate interest.
I read his Nowhere Men earlier today and I thought it was very Hickman-y, and that’s totally fine because I love that sort of thing. I’m just not sure where it’s all connected. I feel like there is something slightly missing in the narrative because it jumps from the three heads of World Corp to some virus and people going into quarantine and I’m like…wait? Who are these people? Like a transition was missing somewhere.
The pencils are by Nate Bellegarde though, man. I’ve been missing him since there hasn’t been a Hector Plasm book in forever. Just a detailed and expressive style that rivals Cully Hamner.