Last night I left the warm, numb security of life behind the Orange Curtain to procure a copy of Tom Neely, and company’s new comic The Humans. The Secret Headquarters in Los Angeles was having a release party for the book, so I decided to make the trip. I’ve been a fan of Neely’s work for years now(you should all go buy The Wolf if you haven’t already…), and his typical quality character design, and action choreography are present here in the premier issue of the series.
Issue zero reads like a short, action-packed teaser for a new film/TV series about a bunch of biker apes ala Roger Corman’s The Wild Angels. By the end of the issue we are introduced to the ape biker gang from Bakersfield, and the comic’s namesake, The Humans. So far it’s too early to tell if the story will explain what happened to the actual humans on the planet, but there was a pretty amusing/disturbing cameo by one towards the beginning of the comic. This looks to be a really fun ride of a series(..no pun intended), and I recommend you all checking it out!
Issue #1 will be coming out this November, and I’ve heard whispers that a big announcement is coming at SDCC about a major publisher picking it up! Considering that, and what I would assume is a very limited print run of the self-published Humans #0, I would not wait too long to order one!
I’m looking forward to binge watching some Bojack Horseman on Netflix August 22! Lisa Hanawalt has certainly come a long way since she was slumming the back aisles of the small press section at SDCC in 2008. I remember she was selling a little green zine of comics, I assume at Buenaventura’s booth. I feel like those people who were into Nirvana before Smells Like Teen Spirit was released; “I was there, man! At the beginning! Before she sold out!” I still suspect that Lisa might be “zoo”, but that’s OK, because her talent, and artistic contribution to popular culture far outweighs any mental anguish an anonymous brown palomino may have suffered.
Lisa Hanawalt featurette by Royal Jelly