Preview Reviews for the Week of 12/20/23 – Animal Pound #1 & Project: Cryptid #4

This is the final installment of Preview Reviews for the year.

This week we have a two books to review for you, including one of our most anticipated New Number Ones of the week. These books are both great examples of the high quality comic storytelling that we look for and have been continuously finding in comics in 2023. We have Animal Pound #1 from Boom! Studios and Project: Cryptid #4 from Ahoy Comics.

You can find these books at your LCS or wherever you buy books today December 20, 2023.

Also the rest of the #NewNumberOnes for the week are here.

Animal Pound #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Tom King
Art by Peter Gross
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover Art by Gross & Bonvillain

Original Solicitation:

When animals grow tired of being caged, killed, and sold off-it’s only a matter of time before they’ve had enough…

When an uprising puts a pound in control of the animals, they quickly find themselves as comrades, united against everything that walks on two legs.

But with this newfound power comes a sudden challenge: how best to lay the groundwork for this new democracy as they write their first constitution!

Discover an epic graphic storytelling event from celebrated New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning writer Tom King  and New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-nominated artist Peter Gross.

King and Gross collaborate for the first time ever to bring this enduring Orwellian allegory to life for the 21st Century.

PCS Review:

This book was listed as our NEW NUMBER ONE OF THE WEEK and it turns out that it was for a good reason. This comic is eloquently scripted and gorgeously illustrated by an all-star team of comic professionals. With strongly developed themes, Tom King develops a metaphorical narrative that will have the reader hugging their pets tightly while questioning the world in which they live.

Peter Gross, a master visual storyteller, delivers a beautiful story with dynamic layouts that engross the reader and captivate their attention. His character designs of realistic animals are truly amazing.

The color choices that Tamra Bonvillain made for this book are inspiring, and the tone of the book is reflective of those choices. As is expected, Clayton Cowles provides an excellent display of lettering and navigates a fairly heavy narrative load with aplomb.

King has spoken about how much this story means to him and where it came from. I have been anticipating it for about six months now and am thrilled with what was delivered in this first issue.

For more about King’s thoughts check out the SquadCast he did with us in September.

Project: Cryptid #4
Ahoy Comics
Written by Henry Barajas, Liana Kangas, & Jazzlyn Stone
Art by Salomee Luce- Antoinette, Ted & Ro
Letters by Rob Steen
Cover Design by Steen

Original Solicitation:

More creatures! More humor! Liana Kangas and Jazzlyn Stone take us on a high-seas adventure with a mermaid made for vengeance, featuring lyrical art by Ted & Ro. Then Henry Barajas and Salomée Luce-Antoinette take us to France’s southeast countryside to confront the fierce and terrifying beast of Gevudan.

PCS Review:

This anthology series is super fun. This latest issue delivers two tales that inspire fear in different ways. The first story “Monstre Qui desole le Gevudan” is absolutely terrifying and is beautifully illustrated by Salomee Luce-Antoinette. “Siren Song”, the second story, is a fun dynamically colored “silent” story that will absolutely brighten your day.

Let’s give some kudos to editor Sarah Litt for bringing this series of tales concerning cryptids from around the world to fruition. It has been simultaneously enormously entertaining and surprisingly informative. Definitely check it out.