Public Domain #1
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Art by Chip Zdarsky
Colors by Chip Zdarsky
Letters by Chip Zdarsky
The Rundown: On the eve of a movie premiere, an artist and his family will discover something that could change their lives.
Miles Dallas is having a bad day and decides to pay a visit to his parents for dinner before his artist father Syd hops a plane to California for the premiere of the movie based on the comic book he illustrated years ago. Unfortunately, the comic’s writer wants nothing to do with Syd and has taken all the credit for the creation.
To add insult to injury, Miles is sent to the coast to cover the movie for the paper he works for and gets into it with the movie’s star when they talk about the comic that inspired the film. The writer’s assistant meets Syd and is heartened by his attitude. When she goes looking for old scripts for the movie studio, she stumbles upon something that could change Syd’s life forever.
The Story: Zdarsky delivers an entertaining, timely and interesting story in this issue. I love the parallels to stories many of us from the history of comics and how certain business relationships can lead to dark personal ones. I love that Zdarsky is highlighting this in the issue and it will be interesting to see how the story evolves and changes as it progresses.
The Art: Zdarsky has a unique and entertaining visual style that beautifully emphasizes the characters and their emotions in the moment. A great looking first issue.