Script: Mo Ali
Artwork: Andy Bloor
Publisher: Bad Mother Publisher
Price: £4.00 or £1.99 on Comixology
It has been a long time since I picked up a small press comic and this one came with recommendations from a number of comics professionals whose opinion I respect including Kieron Gillen, John Reppion and Rob Williams. Reason enough for me to give it a look and I can see why they all enjoyed it.
I really liked black and white artwork, the backgrounds are very detailed while the character designs have a very clean look that really suits the story. The story itself is full on from the opening panels with the titular character battling a possessed horse in London and falling through time portals both by accident and design.
The focus in on spectacle which is fine as the artwork is more than up to the job and there are several exciting set pieces with the centre piece being a battle with a holographic Chinese dragon across various eras. That isn’t to say that there is not plot here. There are a couple scenes where we learn more about Midnight Man’s mission and who he is fighting against and we see that he has some special abilities outside of travelling through time. Lots of tantalising hints for where the story might go in future issues while being a coherent and complete story within the one issue.
Midnight Man #1 is full of action, energy and enthusiasm that is contagious and should leave you wanting more. I hope that the story continues and I will be keeping an eye out for future work by Mo Ali and Andy Bloor.
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