Writer: Daniel, Aaron & Austin Flanagan
Art: John McFarland
It’s the rare occasion in life that allows someone to do something they love as a profession. For
brothers Aaron and Austin Flanagan
it became a reality a little over a year ago when they opened their own comic
book store in Spires Mall (I would say single-handedly rejuvenating the mall
but there are two of them!). What once
was a short-cut from Belfast College Square North to City Centre has now become a
focal point of my week when the Wednesday releases come around and I get to
grips with the latest adventures in my pull list.
|Joey's query about directions to Forbidden Planet went down colder than|
a corpse on a playground slide.
Oh yes, it’s a rare occasion in life that allows someone to do something they love as a profession… and in the case of the Flanagans they may have just done it again. Thursday past saw the night-time release of their first foyer into the creative sphere of comic books as The Revenants #1 hit their stands bringing curious excitement from those who know them and a mini-bus full of variant covers.
The story is one of a zombie uprising set against the backdrop of an ecological spill and yes their store; fitting as it is that the four walls of the CBG shop plays as mise-en-shot for the story of their comic. Working together, and incorporating their knowledge (and merchandise) of comics the bros go
on some decaying supernatural asses
in a fast-paced, tightly contained one-shot. Winchester
|BvS trolls will be "dealt with"|
The artwork by McFarland is excellent. Not only does he draw the brothers in a wonderfully faithful comic book hyper-realism style but he manages to capture a level of personality, movement and identity in his ink work. Like the dialogue, McFarland finds the humour in the set-pieces, and the disposal of said walking dead with various pieces of reasonably priced merchandise available in store (plug!) is a nice touch… though if you’re looking to buy a Star Wars umbrella I would haggle over the price if you find grey matter in it.
|The song stuck in Barry's head for two days before things went *blammo*|
If it sells well, and I can see no reason why it shouldn’t, then it won’t be too long before we see an Issue 2 from the brothers Flan; maybe even a Comic Book Guys Independent Press so more of us can grasp that rare occasion that allows someone to do something they… yadda, yadda, yadda.
The Revenants #1 is available from Comic Book Guys, Spires Mall Belfast.