This week’s lead review is The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos #1, which is based on an idea by James Tynion IVPlus, the Wednesday Comics Team has its usual rundown of the new #1s, finales and other notable issues from non-Big 2 publishers, all of which you can find below … enjoy!

The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher ChaosThe Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos #1

Based On Idea By: James Tynion IV
Written By: Tate Brombal
Art By: Isaac Goodhart
Colors By: Miquel Muerto
Letters By: Aditya Bidikar
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

As a James Tynion IV newsletter subscriber, I’ve been excited about The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos since February of 2022, when it was first previewed. In the announcement post, James describes it best: “The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos has a bit of YA to it. It’s a coming-of-age story about extraordinary teenagers, getting wrapped up in a larger-than-life mystery. But like all of my work, we’re not going to shy away from violence, language, or the jagged edges of young life.” Over a year and a half later, Christopher Chaos is coming to Dark Horse for a print run, and I could not be more excited for readers to check it out.

The world of Christopher Chaos is familiar. It’s a small town with a neighborhood that happens to be near some spooky woods. It’s awkward high school moments. It’s the way it feels to be someone in a school filled with seemingly normal and easy-going teens. But the familiar world hides the many promises of what a mad scientist teen can uncover. In the first issue, Christopher catches us up on the story of his life and the trouble his gift has caused him to this point. Oh yeah, there’s also monsters and mysterious hooded figures.

Christopher Chaos is immediately interesting. The partnership between Tynion and Tate Bombal is rock solid after a few years of working on House of Slaughter together. Issac Goodhart and colorist Miquel Muerto fill the world with a brilliant mix of eye-popping colors and very dark shadows. The lettering, done by Blue Book letterer Aditya Bidikar, captures the highs and lows of the story’s energy–easily going from the small coo of a pigeon to a bombastically violent scene in the woods. The Tiny Onion crew is here and firing on all cylinders. 

The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos #1 is out now from Dark Horse! Written by James IV Tynion, Tate Brombal, with art by Isaac Goodhart, colors by Miquel Muerto and lettering by Aditya Bidikar.

The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos

This is an easy buy for fans of Behold Behemoth, Friday, or Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Verdict: BUY

Michael Kurt

Wednesday Comics Reviews

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