This will come as a surprise to precisely no-one who regularly reads my ramblings, but my pick for comic book of the year is the über-cool, slick and sexy synthwave thriller Chariot, written by Bryan Edward Hill and illustrated by Priscilla Petraites (and colour by Marco Lesko).
It’s a genuine thrill-ride, not just for the reader but for main character Jim, an ex-con who stumbles upon a Cold War-era supercar with much more to it than meets the eye. It’s a wonderful ode to the low budget – but well shot – neon-and-chrome, R-rated sci-fi action movies that lined video store shelves in the 80s, pulsing with synth-based soundtracks from the likes of Tangerine Dream.
Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has been confirmed as the director of the recently announced film adaptation of Chariot; given his stylish direction of the aforementioned Tron sequel – with its stunning electronic soundtrack (by Daft Punk) and icily cool, high-tech visual style, it’s hard to think of a better fit for the material.
Chariot is now available in a collected volume (you can buy it here) and I’d highly recommend checking it out. Grab yourself a copy, put your headphones on and listen to Lazerhawk, Gunship or Sunset Neon – and put your seatbelt on; you’re in for one hell of a ride.
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