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first_imgStay on target “Among their organization, the Black Badges are the elite; the best of the best. They are feared even by the other badges. The missions they take are dangerous, and they will only get worse as their leader’s attention is split between their mission and tracking down a lost team member. A member who disappeared years ago, presumed dead. A haunting look at foreign policy, culture wars and isolationism through the lens of kids who know they must fix the world that adults have broken.”BLACK BADGE #1(W): Matt Kindt (I): Tyler Jenkins (C): Hilary Jenkins (L): Jim Campbell“Expect the unexpected” was a quote that honestly confused me when I was younger. As I got older and read and writing about comics, were something that I took to heart. Why do I say that? Comic have a way of making you think it’s going to be one thing. However, it dives into new territory that we weren’t expecting. With Black Badge #1, we’re setting up for the most interesting and intrigue boy scout trip we’ve ever faced. Prepare your camping equipment, roll up your sleeping bags, bring your lanterns and matches because Black Badge is something you never expected.From the first page of Black Badge #1, you immediately become immersed in this world of adventure, mystery, and espionage. Matt Kindt’s narrative delivers without hesitation or rest. He writes in a way that I can only dream of doing. Kindt hands you the story and sets up the situation slowly throughout the panels. He gives you as much as you need to know, but a quick bit of dialogue can change all that. Once you finally get to the end, you’re wide-eyed, stunned and gearing for that next issue because the narrative is so extraordinarily weaved.via BOOM! StudiosBlack Badge is a big story. Described at first, it can seem pretty overwhelming with the themes captured inside of it. However, Kindt works at a pace in his narrative that builds, weaves, surprises and connects. He establishes almost everything upon the first couple of pages, with little information trickling in. After that, as I said before, there’s one quick bit of dialogue or action that sends you spiraling. Kindt’s pacing within his script helps flesh out the world and characters that will soon break you, but it helps make it a spectacularly suspenseful story with unlimited potential.One thing that Kindt reflected in this and his and Jenkins’ other series, Grass Kings, is his way of capturing what it’s like being a kid. Even though these are extreme cases of kid experience, it still carries that feeling of being a kid in any life you may lead. It gives you the feeling that you have to take some matters into your own hands instead of waiting for others to save you. Especially in a world where things don’t always works out and it’s hard and heartbreaking. Matt Kindt masters and brings the emotion and depth to his characters. He creates and illuminates unconventional and unique individuals that build with the story, and doesn’t leave anymore behind.via BOOM! StudiosTyler Jenkins’ is one of my favorite illustrators in comics because there’s nothing else like his art here, there or anywhere. He has a distinct watercolor treatment to his illustrators that feels like a few ink strokes, and he created a masterpiece. There’s a couple of things I love about the way Jenkins lays his art down in this. The two major ones to talk about are the framing of panels and the character designs themselves. Jenkins knows how to compose different types of character designs that are so diverse and distinctive from one another. He has such a different eye for making each character varied and shining a light on that.He frames these characters so that the emotion, manners, can be seen. You’re with these characters. Why not be WITH these characters? You see the fear, determination, worry, disdain, regret and more. He frames the characters sometimes with JUST that, the characters, moving the background away so that your focus is just on them, but when they travel, you’re in for something gorgeous, and that’s when Hilary Jenkins’ colors very much come into play that leaves you breathless.via BOOM! StudiosHilary Jenkins brings such an Earth-like mood in her colors that make you feel so grounded. I know that’s weird to say, but hear me out. She brings such a one of a kind type wonder in the form of the look of watercolors to the comic that very much gives it a more natural feel. She works in lavish greens, blues, oranges, and reds for nature, fire and more. Then, she brings a dope stunning neon colors to fill in the frames of the background when it’s only our characters in frame. She creates a mood of calm. Then, a mood of tension, but then you’re calm again with the greenery in the background. It’s incredible how many feelings I felt between Kindt’s script, and the Jenkins’ colors and art.I don’t think anyone could have done a masterful job in lettering this if it wasn’t the one and only Jim Campbell. I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it till forever. Campbell is damn good at his job. He places every so effortlessly, letting the reader’s eye scan from panel to panel. One thing about this comic desired with Jenkins’ art with Kindt’s script was placing lettering so the tension is felt from panel to panel. The mistrust between the three scouts and the new kid. It needed this particular thing to allow it to be as good as it could be. Campbell delivers this without a hitch.via BOOM! StudiosIf you haven’t read anything by this team, I highly suggest you pick up their book Grass Kings and pick up Black Badge #1 today. It’s boy Scouts on espionage missions, what’s not to love? Black Badge #1 is now available on ComiXology and your local comic shop.8/8/2018 Releases – In addition to BLACK BADGE #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.The Sandman Universe #1 by Nalo Hopkinson, Kat Howard, Simon Spurrier, Dan Watters (W), Bilquis Evely, Max Flumara, Sebastian Fiumara, Tom Fowler, Dominike “Domo” Station (A), Mat Lopes (C) Vertigo/DCShe Could Fly #2 by Christopher Cantwell (W), Martin Morazzo (A), Mirosalv Mrva (C) Berger Books/Dark Horse ComicsCatwoman #2 by Joelle Jones (W, A) Laura Allred (C) DC ComicsDumb by Georgia Webber (W&A) FantagraphicsHot Lunch Special #1 by Eliot Rahal (W), Jorge Fornes (A), Taylor Esposito (L) AftershockFantastic Four #1 by Dan Slott (W), Simone Bianchi, Sara Pichelli, Skotti Young (A) Marvel ComicsDeath or Glory #4 by Rick Remender (W), Bengal (A) Image ComicLumberjanes: A Midsummer Nights Scheme #1 by Nicole Andelfinger (W), Maddie Gonzalez, Brittney Williams (A), Ariana Maher (L) BOOM! 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