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Chain Reactions | Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity #1

Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity #1, written and drawn by King City creator Brandon Graham, arrived in stores on Wednesday. It’s not the first time the characters have appeared, but it’s been five years since the first Multiple Warheads one-shot was published by Oni Press, so likely they’re new to a lot of readers. Our own J. Caleb Mozzocco shared his review Thursday, but if that wasn’t enough to help you decide whether it’s worth your hard-earned dollars, here are some reviews from around the web:

Greg McElhatton, Comic Book Resources: “If this is your first experience with Multiple Warheads you don’t need to worry; not only is there only a little material already out there, but Graham brings you up to speed on the few things you do need to know about Sexica, Nikolai, and Nura. The reason why it’s just a few things is that in part half of the fun of Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity #1 is just soaking up the strange world that Graham’s created as his characters make their way through it. The book opens and closes with Nik and Sex traveling across the country, picking up singing cigarettes and testing the local water to see if it’s safe to drink or if it might be poisoned or haunted or worse. When some of the other water options include ‘living water’ and ‘forced immortality,’ it’s the first hint on just what a strange yet wonderful world Graham has created.”

David Fairbanks, Comics Bulletin: “By giving us these multiple chapters, Multiple Warheads brings about Brandon Graham’s trademark time dilation. If you’re not familiar with this phenomenon, this is where you sit down to read a comic of his and before you know it, half an hour has passed. And then you want to dive back in and read it again. He did it with King City, he does it with Prophet, and so help me, it’s happening again with Multiple Warheads.”

Nick Verissimo, Comics Crux: “Conversely, though, Graham’s story telling is so unique that, as a reader, it can be very easy to get lost in the shuffle. My biggest complaint is that sometimes Graham’s ideas have felt so grand and so large in scale that things are just not be as clear as they need to be. I sometimes feel that minor, but important, details are glanced over at times, which may be because I didn’t read that first true issue of Multiple Warheads, but there is definitely a barrier to entry and may be too hard to get into for some. I might sound as though I’m being overly negative, maybe too much so, but I really think that this is a great book with so much creativity and originality that it is something that fans of similar works will really enjoy.”

Edward Kaye, Newsarama: “Graham’s artwork has a wonderfully cartoony look to it that brings to mind the work of Jamie Hewlett, and he packs every page with an amazing amount of detail and little Easter eggs. This is an unmissable comic that you need in your collection.”

Eddie Wright, MTV Geek: “Graham’s art is extremely dense, yet loose and free. It takes confidence and true understanding of one’s own fictional world to create such detailed environments that don’t feel stifled by an anal-retentive hand. To say that Brandon Graham’s art and storytelling are “up my alley” is a massive understatement. This is what I crave – a creative, fearless, random, colorful and straight-up weird world that’s anchored by likable, relatable characters.”

Brian Salvatore, Multiversity Comics: “Overall, the book pairs nicely the, if not post-apocalyptic than pretty damn close, world with the beauty and joy that Graham finds in these creatures and landscapes. While at times I felt lost, there was nothing a little deeper reading couldn’t fix, and my reading experience was all the better for it. While I wish I had read the initial Oni chapter, I still feel I got a lot out of this comic, and I’m looking forward to the next installment – hopefully not five years away.”

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I’d be more likely to compare the art to Moebius than Jamie Hewlett honestly. It doesn’t look /that/ similar to Moebius, but I get the same ~vibe~ while looking at it.

Overall, superb comic

I agree Christianizcool! Graham’s drawings may not look that similar to early Moebius, but his later style is rather close to Brandon’s work. And the vibe is strong too, yes. I’d say that also has something to do with their color choices.

Doesn’t this look Grahamish?
http://mindlessones.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/HermesMoebius04.jpg

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