Above Snakes #1: image Comics

Jun 9, 2022

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If you’re a fan of Westerns, Sean Lewis and Hayden Sherman’s latest project is a must-add to your pull list. Above Snakes #1, which hits shelves July 13 and has a final order cutoff date of June 20, provides both the bad-ass tones found in the genre and also pokes fun at some tropes.

Images Comics
Written by: Sean Lewis
Art by: Hayden Sherman
Letters by: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

The story starts with an amazing splash page, followed by an even wilder spread. While Lewis and Sherman introduce a key player, who we only hear about outside of the first three pages, readers are also introduced to the work of the creative team’s newest addition. After working as a pair on The Few and Thumbs, Lewis and Sherman have added Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou as letterer. Normally, changing the letterer my not be noticeable. but Otsmane-Elhaou’s work pops alongside Sherman’s colors.

Speaking of which, unlike their previous projects together, Sherman features vibrant colors in Above Snakes. Although black and white could play well in a Western, this is a welcome decision. Sherman’s line art provides the gritty vibe readers expect this type of story, while the colors play into some of the weirdness and humor featured in Above Snakes #1.

Not to get lost in all of this, Above Snakes features a promising main character at its center: Dirt — who somehow has both a badass and funny name.

Image has more must-read stuff than anyone in the business, and Above Snakes is yet another title that can be added to that list.

For more on Above Snakes, check out Lewis’ latest conversation with Geeks WorldWide Radio‘s TLDR podcast. During the conversation, Lewis also provides updates on King Spawn and The Scorched

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