RoosterVision: ECHOLANDS (Image Comics)

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…an ongoing series of articles spotlighting movies, music, art, comics, and other assorted media that we at Rooster Republic Press find ourselves enjoying. Once a week, on Thursdays, we will showcase new and old works and, hopefully, help spread the word on great stuff you might otherwise miss out on.

RoosterVision was previously the name of our non-fiction imprint, and since those titles and that line of books are no longer, we have decided to resurrect RoosterVision for the purpose of this showcase. Enjoy!

Haven’t seen too many folks talking about this gorgeous comic book, ECHOLANDS, so we wanted to give it a little shout out for 2021’s final installment of RoosterVision.

Right off the bat, ECHOLANDS caught my eye because of its landscape formatting. But, to see the creative team of J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman (their run on BATWOMAN is, IMO, the best that comic has ever been), well, it would have been foolish to skip this issue. And it delivers! This series leans harder into the trippy fantasy on display in their BATWOMAN run, and J.H. Williams’s artwork is as sumptuous here as it was in SANDMAN: OVERTURE. Artwork, I might add, that is worth the price of the comic.

No doubt about it, that’s the nicest-looking two-page head explosion that I have ever seen in a comic book.

And, to be sure, Williams’s command of multiple styles and intricate panel work is on full display throughout ECHOLANDS.

And, here’s the good news: the second issue simply builds on the strengths of the creative team, and continues to showcase everything we liked about this first issue. Looks like ECHOLANDS may become a regular grab as issues hit the stands.

You can check out the comic’s homepage over at the Image Comics website HERE.

And, if you’re the type who prefers collected editions instead of individual issues, then know that a hardcover is set for release in summer 2022. It’ll contain issues 1-6 and run about 35 bucks. Based on these early issues, it’ll be worth every penny!

So, that’s it, our last RoosterVision article for 2021. We’ll be back on January 6th, 2022 with a look at Vinegar Syndrome’s NEW YORK NINJA!

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