Joshua Hale Fialkov

Purveyor of sheer awesomeness.

Joshua Hale Fialkov is the Harvey, Eisner, and Emmy Award nominated writer of graphic novels, animation, video games, film, and television, including:

THE LIFE AFTER, THE BUNKER, PUNKS, ELK'S RUN, TUMOR, ECHOES, KING, PACIFIC RIM, THE ULTIMATES, I, VAMPIRE, and JEFF STEINBERG CHAMPION OF EARTH. He's also written for NBC's CHICAGO MED and SYFY's upcoming INCORPORATED.

Newsarama On Elk’s Run

Newsarama

Elk�s Run #1 and #2 From: Horse and Buggy Productions (www.horseandbuggy.com) Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov Art: Noel Tuazon Colors: Scott A. Keating Review by Troy Brownfield

One would think that for a book to get ink in Entertainment Weekly, it would either have to be very high profile or extremely well-done. Elk�s Run falls into the latter category, a work of narrative nerve and mounting paranoia that enthralls as it mystifies. The first two issues provide excellent set-up and characterization, basically daring the reader to come back for the next twist.

Our first two issues here employ two separate narrative voices, one a young man, and the other his veteran father. They live in Elk�s Run, a West Virginia community that has severed ties with the outside world. One gets a sense of possible reasons for this self-imposed exile, but the whole story unfolds on its own terms at a mannered, yet terrifically readable, pace.

Tuazon�s art is both spare and expressive; he allows shadows to do their own suggestions, but he also has a solid command of faces. I�m reminded a bit of some classic E.C. work, where something vaguely sinister is always lurking at the outer edge of the visible panel. Keating�s coloring is excellent as well, adding to the mood with subtly chosen shades.

Like The Surrogates, this is a book that you want to recommend without explaining too much. I have a feeling that this series will inspire Lost-like discussions of the whys and hows of motivations and plots. That�s a good thing. Even better than a comic that�s a great read is a comic that inspires you to have real conversations about its intent