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‘Coda #1:’ Advance Comic Book Review

I think if someone said to me, “Simon Spurrier, he’s the guy who…”, it would be the only time I would become indignant over the name of a writer… “Yes, I do in fact know who Simon Spurrier is, thank you.”

Simon Spurrier is a writer’s writer. He spins tales and comes up with idiosyncratic worlds that make a writer feel both unworthy and inspired at the same time. Coda is one such tale and one such world. It’s a world in which magic used to be a thing, a world that used to be high fantasy, and now we, as readers, are introduced to the remnants of this world. It’s almost like what Mad Max is to our world, and Coda is to Dungeons and Dragons.

Our protagonist, Hum, is more of an anti-hero (Man, I love me a good anti-hero.) whose goal is to rescue his wife from what sounds like a very dangerous group of baddies, and he’ll do anything to get it done; however, nothing is quite so simple, and Spurrier doesn’t like simple A-to-B plots. Hum’s path changes every time the wind shifts directions. Because of this, Spurrier jam-packs this first issue with a lot of different characters and ideas, and none of them are uninteresting.

Coupled with that, Matías Bergara brings all aspects of this world to life with vibrant colors and insanely picturesque imagery…like a giant stomping above the clouds far in the distance. It’s a comic in my hands, but the majestic nature of the image made my jaw drop.

Why you wouldn’t want to check out a Simon Spurrier book? I don’t know. I mean, Hum’s steed is that of a hellish unicorn that tears humanoids to shreds. It’s pretty badass. Spurrier has an absurdist’s wit like that of Monty Python’s, which naturally pulls some big laughs out of me. And Colin Bell, who lettered Spurrier’s Godshaper, gives the characters levels and intonations to their voices that really allow these characters to jump off the page.

Like The Spire, Coda is already feeling like a win by Spurrier.

Creative Team: Simon Spurrier (story), Matías Bergara (art), Michael Doig (color assist), Colin Bell (letters)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
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