A Welcoming Burst of Creativity in the Firebug Review
Written by: Johnnie Christmas
Art by: Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain
Colored by: Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by: Ariana Maher
Published by: Image Comics
A Hot Wind Rises
Sometimes it can feel like comics are a very stale market. But once in a while a breath of fresh air comes in and blows you away. In this case it is courtesy of Johnnie Christmas (Sheltered, Pisces) and his new indie book from Image Comics, Firebug.
Firebug is the story of Keegan, a normal girl who finds out she is a volcanic demigod, and the consequences of this revelation will shake her world (figuratively and literally) to its molten core.
In what feels like a cross between Avatar: The Last Airbender and Pocahontas, Firebug takes place in a pastiche world that mixes the old world and new, which provides an interesting backdrop for the events that take place. The artwork (drawn by Johnnie and colored by Tamra Bonvillain) is brisk and fluid. The action is dynamic and alive, while the more character driven moments are somber and down to earth.
Speaking of characters, that is where Firebug truly shines. Keegan isn’t alone and is joined by enemies and allies alike that help flesh out the world they live in, each with their unique personalities and struggles.
Firebug’s strength lies in its characters and setting. But that is also one of the few negatives I can point to. The story jumps off quickly and doesn’t give you much of a grounding before lifting off. I would have enjoyed a little more setup to help establish the world and its place in the grand scheme of things in the story. But, if my only complaint is that I wish there was more, I can hardly complain too much.
If you’re looking for a fresh, unique story to sink your teeth into, I can’t recommend Firebug any higher. It really is a welcoming burst of creativity in the current state of comics.
If you are interested in knowing more about Firebug, please check out my interview with the creator Johnnie Christmas, here on OG!
A definite must buy for those looking for something new from their comics.