Midwinter, is based in the world of a Commodore Amiga Game written by games legend Mike Singleton who died in 2012. The game, Midwinter, was a unique mixture of first person shooter, adventure and strategy. It was set in a world where an asteroid impact had created global cooling.
The player took control of a number of characters, most notably John Stark, as they tried to free their small island from the despotic control of Col. Masters. The comic, entitled Landfall, picks up well after the game. John Stark is gone and a small group of survivors are living a comfortable, if precarious life, in a well-protected and most importantly geothermically powered village.
The first issue, well-paced and clearly plotted by Dan, sets the scene, creates a few interesting questions for the reader and, by the end, puts in place the main conflict for issues to come. It's well written and has a bit of a Chuck Dixon feel to it, although there is also the influence of British comics of the eighties, Battle or Action Force perhaps. The Black and White art is by another of the small cadre of excellent Northern Ireland based artists working for 2000 AD, P J Holden.
|P J Holden art from Midwinter|
The excellent cover is by Steve Pugh and reminded me of both, the old Eclipse comics of the eighties and the full-page ads for various computer games at about the same time. It promises much for the future. This is a good adventure comic in the style of the British comics of the eighties and some of the best of the independent publishers of the eighties. Knowledge of the original computer game is not going to be necessary but for anyone who played it there is going to be an extra frisson of pleasure from picking up on small points of reference.
|Atmospheric art from Conor Boyle|
These are good comics, professionally written and drawn. They both hark back to the time when Dan was growing up and if you are of that generation and remember the ZX Spectrum and the Commodore 64, or if you played Midwinter then I think these could well be right up your street. We need second issues soon, and I'll be looking forward to them.
Both Hex Loader and Midwinter are available through Comicsy. Many thanks to Dan for letting me see them!