The Chris X Files: Brimstone and the Borderhounds

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In this edition of the Chris X Files, Chris reviews Brimstone and the Borderhounds, as well as interviews the face of Hound Comics - Brimstone, himself!

Recently, I was introduced to Brimstone and the Borderhounds. This is a comic series that takes places on two different planes of reality: Earth and Hell. And before you say you’ve heard this before, you haven’t. This is not Ghostrider, Hellblazer, or Preacher. I love all those series and they are good series within themselves. But that is not what this review is about.

BATB is a fresh and new comic with a shot of testosterone injected straight into its jugular vein for added effect. The writing is solid, hopping back and forth between the two main characters of the series. First there’s Detective Billy Altar, a NYC detective that beats your stereotypical hardboiled badass by having more than just the one layer. He’s a dedicated hardworking, spiritual, and an all around likeable character.

Clockwise from the top: Lush, Brimstone, and Dawg. Despite Brimstone being the main character, LUSH IS THE FREAKING MAN.

On the other end of the spectrum, you have Brimstone. I won’t go into deep details since I want you to go read this series but he (along with his two rather enjoyable sidekicks) is tasked with gathering up the folks that somehow manage to escape a low-security prison that is Hell. The storylines with Brimstone are much more grandiose, filled with explosions and a nice helping of humor.

Despite there being two different stories that are happening on two different planes of existence, the story works very well at giving them an even pacing and eventually tying them together perfectly. The first story arc, Another Cold Day, has just ended and set the precedent for the rest of the series. It promises to lead to bigger stories that will probably rock both planes of existence that the comic takes place in to their very cores.

The thing that really sells me on this comic though? The art. Comic books are a visual medium and can only be as good as both their writer and their artist. If the two aren’t working in synch, the series will fail. And this series nails it on both aspects. Sajad Shah is absolutely fantastic. I can’t find enough words to describe how much I enjoy his artwork. And that’s saying something since this is his FIRST COMIC. I’m anxious to see how his amazing talent will grow as this series progresses.

If you’re looking for a new series that isn’t your typical comic book, this is the place to go. It’s only four issues in and has proved itself to be a worthy adversary to big name comics. With spot-on writing, underplayed humor, amazing action sequences, and mouthwatering yet gritty art, Brimstone and the Borderhounds is a force that is sure to be reckoned with in the comic world. This indie comic is being worked on by an array of extremely talented people that will continue to assure that this comic will go nowhere but up in the future. I plan on following this series; it’s obvious it’s destined for big things.

But why keep listening to me? Let Brimstone tell you more in our interview on the latest episode of The Chris X Files.

[ Thanks to Daimo_Mac for the editing help! Everyone check him out and follow him! ]

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Comic geek, addicted gamer, future murse, and sometimes a writer. The three coolest things ever are X-Men, Back to the Future, and Doctor Who. Just saying. You should be awesome and follow me on twitter.