Written by D.J. Kirkbride
Drawn and Colored by Nikos Koutsis
Flatted by Mike Toris
Lettered and Designed by Frank Cvetkovic
Edited by Adam P. Knave & El Anderson
Cover by Nikos Koutsis & Mike Toris
Variant Cover by Erik Larsen & Nikos Koutsis
Creative Consultant Erik Larsen
Backup Story Max and Jace: No Big Deal by D.J. Kirkbride, Manos Lagouvardos, & Frank Cvetkovic
This new title from Image Comics introduces us to Jace Lopaz, Errand Boy. On the world of Ebb, Errand Boys are employed by agencies to obtain and deliver items for paying clients, frequently by less-than-legal means. To be a successful Errand Boy you must be quick of mind and speedy of leg, and our hero, Jace Lopaz, is both—just.
In This Issue: Jace is a single, thirty-year-old Hooman in possession of a devil-may-care attitude, a studio apartment, a ship called the ‘Bego, and, of course, his job as an Errand Boy. When we meet him, Jace is in the middle of a rough day. Running from the guards of the house where he just ‘acquired’ a cardboard box of antique Hitball cards, he soaks the package when he flings himself out of a window and lands squarely in the swimming pool. Making a desperate jump off the edge of the building he is rescued in the nick of time by Max, his not-quite-girlfriend. The client is incensed by the soggy condition in which the goods are delivered, and later, at dinner, Max delivers the news to Jace that she’s had it with his shenanigans.
No, it’s not a particularly good day in the life of Jace Lopaz.
Just when Jace thinks it probably can’t get any worse, Sentient Child Services calls to tell him that his estranged father and step-mother have been killed in a tragic sky-car accident and he is now the only living relative to his half-Hooman, half-Theian half-brother, Tawnk. Since the late Mr. Lopaz and his wife left no inheritance beyond the cost of ‘expiration fees’, Jace can’t afford to keep sending Tawnk to school and is forced to continue to work with his little half-brother in tow. It soon comes to light, however, that Tawnk is a smart cookie with great reflexes and could be a lucrative asset in the Erranding trade. Bear, Jace’s boss, sends them both on an errand to acquire a Vazgog from the dirt planet Mauslio—an errand upon which we will no doubt join them in issue #2.
My Two Cents: Errand Boys has the potential to become a well-rounded, thoughtful series as well as a delightfully whack-a-doodle romp through a fantastically colorful universe. The creative team plunges you straight into the thick of things which allows you to accept the universe of the story without question—the inhabitants are wildly diverse, the technology is akin to that of most popular science fiction franchises, and the premise, though derived from a trope, is just different enough to draw the reader in. Our introduction to the main cast gives us a solid understanding of their relationships along with just enough backstory to support their motivations, and we are prepared to follow them on their voyages of discovery—both of themselves and each other. The art is as colorful as the characters, and nifty little details like Bear’s cigarette having a face and Jace’s eyes being different colors add to the overall whimsy. Effective use of extreme close-ups highlight moments of intense emotion.