Writer: John S. Henaman
Art: Andy Taylor
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain
Letters: Adam Wollet
Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment
In another planet, we see beings being enslaved by an evil empire and one being, the Earthman, stands up to find against it. Alongside his sidekick, they escape an empire only find themselves lost in a desert and drafted into an army not their own.
Henaman brings us a hell of a word. These first issues establish our world rather quickly. There’s society castes, different empires, cities and deserts. While our main protagonist doesn’t talk, Henaman makes the journey fun with his mouthy sidekick. We get to see how the duo copes in various situations rather quickly. It is the narration of our snarky scribe ..who is actually a scribe by the way … as he colorfully leads us along. I do love that the narration and dialogue are very engaging and witty, allowing readers to not only get a sense of our characters personalities but just makes the experience of reading the book that much more enjoyable. And while there is a lot that happens from both issues, none of it feels like it is cramped. The pacing is just right that it just flows with ease.
Art wise, Taylor and Bonvillain do a terrific job of building an atmosphere and grand visuals for the story. We can see many kinds of beings and creatures and backgrounds and they all look distinct enough. Bonvillain’s colors are muted enough to give a great atmosphere to Taylor’s panel work. Bonvillain has a good eye as she makes the Taylor’s pencils and inks feel otherworldly.
I like Taylor’s work in issue one, but there seems to be less line work in issue two. There are some panels that are really solid, but others that look as if they were bare bones or hurried on purpose. It isn’t too bad but it does detract from the experience here and there.
This is the first time I have to use this category. Yet, it is fitting. And as many times as I have seen, we never here two names of our main characters in this comic … Bigfoot … and our narrator. And unless I keep missing it after looking for Bigfoot’s sidekicks name several times, we are never given our scribes name. And that … is a double edge sword. It is both a plus and minus. The latter cause we don’t have an identifier for our narrator and main connection to our lead other than a slang term of “Bagworm” which might put off some readers. Yet, other readers might find it easier to gravitate to our wheelin’, dealin’ sidekick because he doesn’t have a name readers know. This might allow readers to feel a strong connection to our duo because we can identify Bigfoot, but he doesn’t talk. But our narrator doesn’t have a name which allows a deeper experience for the reader. They can choose their own name to feel more personally connect to our duo. Hence why this is set apart on its own.
Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman # 1 & # 2 is a great throwback of the tales of barbarians and alien worlds, but done well with a modern folktale. Henaman makes it work with giving us an array of threats, an epic hero and a witty sidekick who narrates the whole thing. We get gritty art that shows the dangers of this new world and some interesting looks at the society there. Both issues do a good job with world building while the art creates an outworldly atmosphere of danger, action and suspense. And while there are some panel work that lacks in detail to the point where it looks a bit rushed, the majority of it grabs you and holds on to you.