Comic creator Jamie Gambell has been kind enough to let me read an advance copy of his latest comic creation, Department O. Written by Gamble, Illustrated by Andrew Ross Maclean, and colored by Heather Breckel, the first issue dives head-long into a rocking supernatural-steampunk adventure.
Andrew Ross Maclean’s artwork fits this world beautifully. It rides the sweet spot between Mike Mignola & Guy Davis’s Hellboy/BPRD work, while bringing it’s own madcap cartoony tone that pushes the visuals into the absurd, in the best possible way.
As the story opens, you get the sense that you are playing catch-up, in a complex machine that began chugging into motion long before you arrived, and just hit top speed. The tone is reminiscent of Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but more fun, because of the dark undertones, rather than, in-spite of them. While the book definitely stands on it’s own, there is a great surprise protagonist and an ironic callback to a stunning scene for those that have read some of Mr. Gambell’s previous works.
I don’t want to spoil the treats in store for readers, but I will say four words.