- Written by: Chris Jenkins, Matthew King, Chris Imber
- Pencils by: Chris Imber
- Colours by: Chris Jenkins
- Letters by: Chris Jenkins
- Published by: Reckless Hero
As you know, I am a huge fan of comics, whether it’s DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Vertigo etc. but it’s not every day I pick up or even look at Indie Comics, and I’m ashamed about that fact, because I too aspire to one day write a comic and whilst everyone dreams about writing or drawing for the big brands, we often forget that we must start at the bottom and work our way up.
There are so many great titles within the Indie Comic genre, and I’m sure many of you already know this, but I honestly don’t think they get appreciated enough. So today I’m going to shine a light on a company I think deserve to be seen and read!
Founded in 2012 by friends and former band mates, Reckless Hero is an indie comic book publisher that started out as a business focused on creating art and designs for you and your homes, from Art prints to T-Shirt designs. In 2015 however, Chris Imber, Chris Jenkins and Matthew King debuted their first Comic Book titled ‘The Last Sheriff’ and have since progressed with two more comic series with ‘Operation: Boom’ and ‘Knights vs. Pirates‘.
The Sheriffs were once a group of Law Enforcement in The New Territories, having been honoured with a badge that signified that these few individuals were synonymous with Justice, Skill and being Morally Just. These brave soldiers of the law were modified with the latest technology that enhanced their skill and strength, making them the true power in the land. However, they have long since been disbanded since The Great War, a war that lasted nearly three decades, and now John H. Wilson is the last of his kind, a former Sheriff.
In the wake of the new way of things within the New Territories, a corrupt and powerful group of thugs known as the Coalition seem to have ascended to the highest form of power, but after crossing paths with the Last Sheriff, their time at the top of the hierarchy is about to come to an end.
In this first issue, John comes across a young woman by the name of Rose, in distress, but by saving her, he’s caused more trouble than he intended. One of the leaders of the Coalition gang known as ‘The Mayor’ tries to finish the job of eradicating the last of the Sheriff’s but of course, things don’t go according to plan. John fights multiple enemies, all with some form of technological enhancements, and for the most part, comes out on top.
The art in this book is unique from you’re big brand comics, as there is more detail within each character, whether it’s the hairs on John’s arms or the definitions of characters styles. It feels somewhat anime inspired but certainly stands out as unique.
Being a sci-fi western, Chris Imber has managed to merge the two genres well with his designs of the weapons and vehicles in this comic. The hover bikes, known as ‘Mules’ are a great combination of Akira style motorcycles with Star Wars hover bike function, creating a unique mixture of the two.
The writing and lettering is designed especially well compared to many comics as they have spaced the lettering in a clear and precise way, ensuring that each panel, speech bubble and narrative box is clear to read from start to finish.
I loved this book since the first time I read it, and whilst I haven’t yet picked up the rest of the series after issue 2 I certainly plan to because I want to know the rest of the story, and see what incredible ideas the team behind it have come up with since I first met them in 2015 at Sheffield Film and Comic-Con.
The characters are well written, with John being a tough, violent but kind-hearted man doing what he can in this world to make it a peaceful place once again, by any means necessary.
You can visit their website by clicking the image below, where you can purchase their comics, t-shirts, art prints and more for a very low price! Support the indie comics because they are certainly the future!