Devastating Magical Fury Unleashed In Ether: The Copper Golems #1

by Brendan M. Allen

From New York Times bestselling Mind MGMT creator Matt Kindt and Black Hammer’s David Rubín comes this fantasy adventure about a science-minded hero intent on keeping the balance between Earth and a magic world!

Portals between Earth and the Ether begin to crack open unleashing devastating magical fury on our planet and only adventurer Boone Dias can seal the breaches. In order to put an end to this chaos, Boone recruits a powerful team of mystical beings including a grumpy, spell-writing fairy; a bickering, lavender gorilla; and a bull-headed, motorcycling spell-hacker. These heroes set off on a journey taking the reader through the center of volcanoes, deserts full of living mummies and sphinxes, and a bizarre fairy forest in an effort to save both worlds from complete destruction!

Boone Dias is a scientist who is convinced that anything that appears magical is just science that has yet to be explored and explained. He is obsessed with applying logic to anything that appears remotely magical in order to suss out that scientific explanation. He can’t quite wrap his head around the fact that real magic and solid science each exist on separate planes, and the only similarities between the two disciplines are the myriad rules that govern each.

In the last arc, Death of the Last Golden Blaze, Boone was tasked with solving an impossible crime involving copper golems and magic bullets. Now, in Copper Golems #1, we catch up with Boone rotting in an Italian prison. He’s offered early release and a chance to get back to the Ether, on conditions. He’ll be granted his freedom if he gives up autonomy to “the agency” and helps them close the unexplained portals that are popping up all over between Earth and Ether.

Matt Kindt is an amazing storyteller. The script flows so naturally that there is no moment of hesitation where the reader has to decide to invest. Dinosaur chicken steeds? Enchanted ignition fish? A giant lavender talking ape? Bring it on. It all plays so well, you don’t even question it. Everything makes perfect sense in the context of this parallel universe Kindt has dreamt up.

Art, color, and letters by David Rubin are amazingly suited to this dual narrative. The layout, settings, and character design are fantastically unconventional, bordering on bizarre, but the thing that really sells this book is the coloring. Earth’s palette is dull. Grimy. Gross. The Ether is bright and shiny and inviting. It’s like going from rose tinted lenses to blue blockers. Light doesn’t even seem to behave under the same rules between realms.

I’ve been waiting for this chapter for almost a year. Worth it.

Ether: The Copper Golems #1, published by Dark Horse Comics, released 16 May 2018. Written by Matt Kindt, art and cover by David Ruben, alternate cover available by Paul Pope.

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he mostly tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.