I have to confess that Thomas Alsop caught my attention some time ago, when I first heard of this strange occult story in genesis form by word of mouth and discussion in Brooklyn, and learning that the artwork was by globe-trotting Danish artist Palle Schmidt, a master of noir and mood, only piqued my interest. It’s written by filmmaker, actor, and comics creator Chris Miskiewicz, who’s no stranger to the horror genre or New York set stories. It’s with some relief that I heard that it’s coming to print a last, in all its water-colory glory as the supernatural invades the boroughs. Rich Johnston, when he heard about it, called it “What if Constantine was Constantine?” meaning a streetwise magician (here something of a magician-policeman) returning to his roots rather than becoming an action hero, and I think that’s more than fair. We also, however, get a history-jumping focus on some of the geography of the northeastern USA, which adds extra flavor.
The good news is that grim and gritty city magicians still capture our imagination, and we get to see that idea realized in Schmidt’s watery flood of pigment and angular sweeping lines. Bonus feature: we get a variant cover by Brooklyn artist Dean Haspiel colored by Alan Passalaqua (who were also a team on The Fox).
Here’s our preview of Thomas Alsop #1, and Haspiel’s variant cover to round things off:
Thomas Alsop arrives from Boom! Studios in shops on June 18th.