Currently Reading: Aliens: Defiance, The Autumnlands, The Black Monday Murders, Black Road, Black Science, Briggs Land, Britannia, Deadly Class, Descender, East of West, The Fuse, God Country, The Goddamned, Heathen, Injection, Lazarus, Low, Manifest Destiny, Moon Knight, No Mercy, The Old Guard, Paper Girls, Rebels, Saga, Seven to Eternity, Shipwreck, Southern Bastards, Stumptown, They're Not Like Us
Jonathan Baylis continues writing his own little cottage
industry of self-published mini-comics under the So Buttons banner. The fifth issue
is a short(er) one, but a strong effort that pays cover tribute to Baylis’ first
Jack Kirby comic, with Tom “Godland” Scioli riffing on Captain America #212.
Maybe the best quality of Baylis as a creator is his affable storytelling; you just
can’t *not* like the writing. He also reels in the artistic talent here.
Boatwright nails the secretive aspects of the story he contributes to, Westover
nails the emotional content, and my personal favorite, Noah Van Sciver, has a
way with his downtrodden aesthetic that bursts with complex glances and
concepts hitting close to home. The connective tissue in all of these
disparate stories seems to be the secret to life found in the simple joys, be
it the perfect coffee blend, some amazing slow-cooked brisket, or a friend’s humor lightening a
weary movie. Grade A.