Errand Boys #1 (of 5)
Writer: D.J. Kirkbride
Artist: Nikos Koutsis
Colorist: Nikos Koutsis
Letterer: Frank Cvetkovic
Cover A: Nikos Koutsis and Mike Toris
Cover B: Erik Larsen and Nikos Koustis
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: October 3, 2018
In the future, if you can’t find regular work, you become an errand boy. And believe me, it’s not as safe as it sounds.
In Old Ebb, Being an errand boy is dangerous work. It usually involves changing ownership of things without the original owner knowing about it.
Jace Lopaz is a 30 year old errand boy who lives the solo life until his becomes the guardian of his 13 year-old half-alien half-brother Tawnk.
And They’re Off!
The action of Errand Boys #1 is fast and furious right out of the gate. I’m not kidding; our first glance of Jace Lopaz and he’s already running for his life from some rather ornery aliens.
D.J. Kirkbride expertly intertwines action and character development in Errand Boys #1 without bogging the story down. Kirkbride has created a character in Jace Lopaz that many folks will relate to. I mean, who hasn’t questioned their life choices, especially when you’re having a bad day at work.
On top of that, when life takes a unexpected turn and his little brother moves in with him, Lopaz may need to rethink his career altogether. You’d be pretty hard-pressed not to feel for the guy.
Every good story, no matter how close to reality it is, needs someone you can relate to and it bears repeating, Kirkbride has created just the man for the job.
Kirkbride also makes excellent use of flashbacks to create many potential storylines. I’m looking forward to seeing what he does with them.
I want more. Great script.
A Whole New World
One of the best things about creating a whole new world is there are no expectations of what anything needs to look like. Nikos Koutsis had a blank canvas and his imagination to work with and he knocked it out of the ballpark.
Koutsis handles both the pencils and colors of Errand Boy #1 and I’ve gotta say I love what’s he done with Old Ebb.
It’s an alien world, yet still familiar. Tall buildings you expect to see in a metropolitan city but interspersed with flying cars, floating greasy spoons, and of course, aliens of all shapes and sizes.
The colors give it a slight retro-futuristic feel that is perfect for this story. I’ve always enjoyed the color palette of older comics. There’s something more realistic about the vibe they give off that brings me into the story.
I love what Koutsis has done with the characters, particularly Jace. I wonder if I’m the only one who see a Han Solo influence—in the outfit, not so much the face. Either way, I think it’s awesome.
Frank Cvetkovic did an excellent job of his own with the letters. His work never takes away from art and doesn’t distract from the story.
Like a great referee, most people never notice them unless they’re really screwed up. However, I’m unlike most people—and reviewers for that matter—I noticed what a great job he did.
Errand Boys #1: Final Thoughts
Errand Boys #1 is a perfectly-paced introduction. And I’ve got a feeling that by the end of this five book series I’ll be rereading this story many times.
Is it too early is ask for Errand Boys #6?