As I typed away on my keyboard, preparing some reviews for the site in the coming days, my wife piped up and told me to check out the TV. She’d been watching the latest episode of Gene Simmons: Family Jewels on A&E, and just before a commercial break, Simmons and his son Nick Simmons take a moment to pimp the lad’s latest project: a comic book. The comic in question is Incarnate, and for those who pay attention comics news online, it doesn’t exactly come as news. Simmons (both elder and junior) have had an interest in comics publishing for a while now, having released titles recently through IDW Publishing. It wasn’t along ago that Radical Publishing announced plans to publish Incarnate, written and illustrated by Nick Simmons. The publisher is premiering the new title is at this week’s Comic-Con International San Diego, with both Gene and Nick appearing at the Radical booth for signings and at other special events.
The Last Resort #1
Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Artist/Colors: Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Letters: Chris Mowry
Cover artists: Amanda Conner/Darwyn Cooke
Editor: Scott Dunbier
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Price: $3.99 US
The punny title and what seems like a proliferation of existing zombie comics (which there isn’t, if one considers the truly dominant genre in comics) made me somewhat wary of adding another $3.99 title to the already expensive array of comics I read on a regular basis. However, a glimpse of some interior art piqued my interest enough to get me to thumb through the comic at the shop, and that was enough to convince me to give it a try. I’m glad I did. Palmiotti and Gray certainly don’t reinvent the rotting, undead wheel with The Last Resort, but they do deliver a raunchy, fun take on the genre that acknowledges how cheesy and entertaining it can be. Giancarlo Caracuzzo’s art is rich in detail but isn’t realistic either, and it maintains the high levels of energy and personality in the script.