Wishful Thinking #1
Writer: Jackson Raines (twitter: @mysticmike8, insta: @zachbrains) Artist: Carlos Trigo (twitter and insta: @carlos_trigo) Colorist: Ester Salguero (twitter and insta @estersa_art) Letterer: Letter Squids (twitter and insta: @lettersquids)
Described as a comic with inspirations such from the Dresden Files and Better Call Saul, Wishful Thinking is an effort to produce a character driven trip while hitting on themes relating to identity (losing identity, finding your identity, etc) which are struggles we all face. The book is stylized very well with the art and coloring. The lettering adds to the environment and setting and really helps the overall feel of the book fall in line with the story. I couldn’t help but think of ” … the animated series” type of presentation as I read through. The art, colors, and lettering shine as they make rather mundane settings (an office and bank for the most part) feel extra worldly, as the plot and characters certainly are. The creative team did an excellent job of creating the magical scene while keeping things grounded enough in the reality of it to maximize effect. So what’s it all about then? Well we’ve got an ex-genie that is now a wish consultant. Borrowing from tried and true tropes we are given an almost animated take. Don’t be fooled by the famous blue genie-esque look of a certain someone however. He’s more actual genie (Djinn) than the other guy. It is this usage that drives the narrative, action, and consequences of the book. It works extremely well as our main character (Jim, the blue guy) goes about helping his clients go through what he used to do do on his own (grant wishes, but with the whole untidy back end part). What we end the book with is a bit of a mess, both literal and figuratively, as a fairy is introduced. This all sets up what would appear to be a whole heck of a lot more for good ‘ol Jim. The trappings of the law (real and supernatural) are utilized perfectly and create a truly unique premise. The promise of relating to identity is delivered upon in this very first issue. Our first “adventure” sees Jim’s client knowingly and vehemently willing to give hers up to have her wish. In doing so we’re given what is very surely the main antagonist for Jim as this book continues on. If you get the chance go find this one. It delivers on more than one layer and was a very good read.