Issue Colonel Weird: Cosmagog #1
Publisher Dark Horse
Published October 28, 2020
Writer Jeff Lemire
Artist Tyler Crook
Publisher’s Summary From the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series comes a bizarre sci-fi adventure origin story! Wacky space adventurer Colonel Randall Weird leaves Black Hammer farm and embarks on a strange journey through space and time for something that he’s long forgotten with his sanity and life at stake!
“My Ma always says…when you lose something, the best way to find it again is by retracing your steps.”
Black Hammer’s Colonel Randall Weird is a strange fellow, a man detached from time. Colonel Weird has lost something and can no longer see the pattern that has allowed him to maintain the control–however slight–that he once had on his position within/perception of spacetime. In order to retain what he’s lost, he must retrace his steps, thus making readers privy to what promises to be an unforgettable origin story.
Tyler Crook’s visual stylings perfectly complement Jeff Lemire’s script and the work to emphasize the strangeness of the story being told. While each panel is set to stun, certain images, ranging from that of Weird floating helplessly through the Para-zone to placing a nickel on the counter of a long-time abandoned convenience story, are hauntingly beautiful. Colonel Weird: Cosmagog #1 is a visual masterwork.
In typical Jeff Lemire fashion, readers are dropped into the mix, immediately, unsettled and disassociated. By doing this, Lemire makes it impossible for readers not to become immersed and invested the tale being told. While following a man to whom spacetime is irrelevant could be problematic, Lemire takes on the task smiling, penning a cohesive, well-paced script with ease.
For Black Hammer fans, Colonel Weird: Cosmagog #1 is a must-read; but, with that said, there is something here for all readers. Colonel Weird: Cosmagog #1 is not to be missed.
The Bottom Line
Bizarre, thought-provoking, and extremely well-crafted, Colonel Weird: Cosmagog #1 is stunning and must not be missed by Black Hammer fans.