Dense And Intense: ‘Chaos Agent’ #1 Advance Review
by Tito W. James
Philip Blank is the top agent for the scifi spy organization W.O.R.L.D.E., keeping capitalism safe from aliens, time travellers, and maladjusted geniuses off their meds. But lately he’s been having doubts about his work, wondering if there might be more to life than missions and mega-violence. This starts Philip on a death-or-more-death journey through the weirdest W.O.R.L.D.E. has to offer; epicurean terrorist organizations, horny robots, alien origin stories, ex-spies with metal eyes, and a web of secrets and lies of Blank’s own making.
Chaos Agent #1 is a high-concept, hyper-detailed action comic in the same vein as Geof Darrow’s Hard Boiled or Shaolin Cowboy. The four-issue mini-series is written by Deniz Camp, drawn by Filya Bratukhin, colored by Jason Wordie, and lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.
It’s a high bar to follow up the likes of Geoff Darrow, but I can confidently say that the creative team stands toe-to-toe with their inspiration. I’m honestly thunderstruck at the amount of unrestrained ingenuity poured into every page.
The world of Chaos Agent is so expansive that it spills out of the comic and into the reader’s imagination. Chaos Agent #1 is alive with unbridled creativity and unapologetic insanity–it’s as if Grant Morrison wrote an episode of Love Death and Robots.
While Chaos Agent #1 delivers in hyper-violence, it also has more grounded human moments. While it’s always fun to have over-the-top escapist action-porn, Chaos Agent is also on a mission to explore bigger ideas to their fullest potential. It’s a mission the comic accomplishes with the precision of an assassin.
You can Chaos Agent #1 June 2nd at your local comic shop.