I recently picked up Volume One of Richard Starkings’s (not the drummer out of The Beatles) Elephantmen. It’s an awesome sci-fi noir comic book from Image. Starking is world renowned for, of all things, his letttering skills. What this traslates to is a book that is just as impessive in terms of layout and graphic design as it is writing and penciling/ inking.
So what’s the book about? In the early 23rd Century, genetic experimentation in Africa resulted in massive animal-human hybrid super soldiers. Now, years later, these “Elephantmen” (a general term used for all animal/ human hybrids) are struggling to survive as normal members of society in a futuristic world reminiscent of Blade Runner.
I honestly can’t recommend this book enough, and, because there is so much emphasis on graphic design/ layout, I’d say that you should pick up the hard cover version of the volume one trade.
Pick it up from Amazon here.
Listen to a great interview with Richard Starkings from Comic Book Geek Speak here.
The official Elephantmen site is here.