Everything Burns in The Curse of Brimstone #1
The Curse of Brimstone #1 by Justin Jordan and Philip Tan is a very unique DC Comics title and a much welcomed addition. It has hints of That Hell-Bound Train and maybe even a little bit of Twin Peaks. It is one of the first Metal spin-offs in the New Age of Heroes line.
The Curse of Brimstone #1 sets up a very interesting coming of age story that combines horror with superheroes. The main character, Joe Chamberlain, lives in a small, dying rural town. He wants out. He wants him and his sister to have better lives. Thus, he is willing to do anything. The story itself is a bit of slow burn, to be honest. It will get readers hooked from the start with an intense intro. Then, things slow down but gradually increase in intensity.
Writer Justin Jordan explained at the New York Comic Con that The Curse of Brimstone #1 is very personal. That becomes apparent when readers are introduced to the small town in which Joe lives. Readers see everything from Joe’s perspective. Thus, there is a lot of raw emotion in the narration and the dialogue. Character motivations make sense in this story for the most part. One of Joe’s actions does not make sense in this issue. It is possible, however, that there will be some semblance of an explanation in later issues.
Philip Tan’s artwork definitely stands out as it is a mix of Golden Age and modern surrealist art. It mirrors the dark elements of the plot. Characters and objects look tangible. Rain Beredd’s colors enhance the surrealism of Tan’s artwork. Furthermore, it adds extra grit and depth to characters and objects.
The Curse of Brimstone #1 adds a great new series and character to DC’s catalog. It appears to be a supernatural coming-of-age series that will definitely interest DC fans and newcomers. This is a series that anyone can jump into if they are interested. Readers do not need to have read anything from Dark Nights: Metal in order understand the events in The Curse of Brimstone #1. It is a series that I will be looking forward to in the future.