Review: John Flood #1

(Boom! Studios 2015)

Written by Justin Jordan

Illustrated by Jorge Coelho

Colors by Tamra Bonvillain

Letters by Ed Dukeshire

We all wonder what we could do with less sleep. But the goals that we set for ourselves during those sleepless times are shortsighted and often unrealistic. I often feel like I’d get more done with less sleep, when in reality the lower amount of sleep would probably make me lose focus and I’d spend hours watching old Hannah Barbara cartoons on YouTube.

Justin Jordan has taken that idea and housed it in the form of John Flood #1, coming out from Boom! Studios this week. Flood is the result of an experiment by the perfect fall guy, the faceless, evil “government”, and the end result of their experiments is that they’ve created a super-intelligent, ultra-introspective Sherlock Holmes.

Screen shot 2015-08-04 at 3.31.36 PMFlood’s major problem is that he cannot disconnect from the dream state, so his ability to tell reality from dreams is wavery at best. But there is a certain Cumberbatch-ian nature to the way he’s written that makes it fun to read.

Jordan’s writing style makes you accept certain concepts as fact. Just as he did in The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, he engages you right away with the characters. Alexander Berry was a cop, currently unemployed, and Flood approaches him to help solve a string of murders that span the country and only have one thing in common, that there are no clues. Flood has noticed the non-pattern and needs Berry’s help and expertise. Or does he?

Illustrated by Jorge Coelho (Sleepy Hollow, Venom), this book looks great. His style is just off of center, so that it looks like a Justin Jordan book, if that makes any sense. Luther Strode had exaggerated form, and this does as well, though not to the muscular extent. Coelho captures the crazy just right in his drawings of Flood.

Screen shot 2015-08-04 at 3.34.36 PMNot to be downplayed is the color work by Tamra Bonvillain (Wayward, Black Dawn), who, as always, brings her “A” game. The color work, when it has the opportunity to, is really wild, and then back to “normal” when not looking through Flood’s eyes.

If you are a fan of Luther Strode, than this will be right up your alley. I see Jordan expanding here though, really taking a good bite of this mystery, and leaving us a well placed and therefore exceedingly frustrating cliffhanger at the end of the book.

John Flood #1 proves to be the perfect book to wrap you up in a good story, and one that may give you a few sleepless nights if you try to ponder what may happen in issue #2.

Brad-profilepicBrad Gischia is a writer and artist living in the frozen Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He is married and has three kids and a dog, all who put up with his incessant prattling about comic books.

Twitter – brad@comicwasteland

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