Jack Irons the Steel Cowboy Issue 1 is a treat to read. For an independent comic book, it has high quality production, excellent writing, art, coloring, and more. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say this was a product of one of the big three. Image, DC, or Marvel. Don’t believe me? See for yourself:
I dig everything about this page. The action is kinetic, but easy to read. The page has a good flow thanks to Maximiliano Dall’d’s clean line work and page layout. The colors, by Matias Laborde enhance the affair as well. It starts of hot with Jack’s foot klanging against the robot’s head and the colors are all orange and yellow. This heat continues to the next panel. Then, the insert of the crowd is a nice touch too as it provides an in issue reaction to the violence. By the end of the page things have cooled down, as we can see by the fight ending and the switch from hotter colors to the cooler blue tones. The battle is over, the hero has won, but this is just the beginning of things.
The thing I appreciated most about Jack Irons issue 1, I think, is the economy of storytelling. Writer Cody Fernandez presents the story of Jack, and immortal man who is millennia old, as one of strife, violence, and death. See, Jack dies, and comes back, and dies again, and then comes back. Like the history of humanity, his history is one of blood and violence, and he cannot escape it. Mystery surrounds the titular character, and it is definitely a mystery I want to know more about.
Jack Irons Issue 1 Is A Near Perfect First Issue
This is a great first issue. It sets the stage for what is to come by giving enough backstory to inspire speculation about what comes next. It doesn’t waste the reader’s time, and it looks lovely. Furthermore, it seems to offer a different take on the space western, mainly because Jack is a different kind of character.
If you’ve been looking for a good #indiecomic to check out, then this one might be it. Especially if you enjoy westerns and science fiction. However, if you are looking for the next Star Wars or Firefly, this doesn’t seem to be those. Did they inspire it? Maybe, but I can’t say how much. Still, this is only the first issue, so there’s no telling what comes next.
If you want to check this out, they are currently running a campaign for issue 3 on indiegogo. As a bonus, you can also get Jack Irons issue 1 and 2 if you choose the complete package option. You might also check out their publisher’s website.
So, there’s my thoughts on Jack Irons the Steel Cowboy Issue 1.