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The story of Earth’s last war starts with Hope’s sticky fingers... The multiple award-winning Batwoman team, J. H. WILLIAMS III (Promethea, The Sandman: Overture, Batman) and W. HADEN BLACKMAN (Star Wars, Elektra), reunites for an all-new ongoing series! They’re joined once again by colorist supreme DAVE STEWART and master letterer TODD KLEIN. In a bizarre future world that The story of Earth’s last war starts with Hope’s sticky fingers... The multiple award-winning Batwoman team, J. H. WILLIAMS III (Promethea, The Sandman: Overture, Batman) and W. HADEN BLACKMAN (Star Wars, Elektra), reunites for an all-new ongoing series! They’re joined once again by colorist supreme DAVE STEWART and master letterer TODD KLEIN. In a bizarre future world that has forgotten its history, a reckless thief, Hope Redhood, holds the key to excavating its dark, strange past―if only she and her crew can escape a tyrannical wizard and his unstoppable daughter. But fate will send them all on a path leading to a war between worlds. ECHOLANDS is a landscape format, mythic-fiction epic where anything is possible―a fast-paced genre mashup adventure that combines everything from horror movie vampires to classic mobsters and cyborg elves, to Roman demigods and retro rocket ships. It’s going to be a helluva ride!


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The story of Earth’s last war starts with Hope’s sticky fingers... The multiple award-winning Batwoman team, J. H. WILLIAMS III (Promethea, The Sandman: Overture, Batman) and W. HADEN BLACKMAN (Star Wars, Elektra), reunites for an all-new ongoing series! They’re joined once again by colorist supreme DAVE STEWART and master letterer TODD KLEIN. In a bizarre future world that The story of Earth’s last war starts with Hope’s sticky fingers... The multiple award-winning Batwoman team, J. H. WILLIAMS III (Promethea, The Sandman: Overture, Batman) and W. HADEN BLACKMAN (Star Wars, Elektra), reunites for an all-new ongoing series! They’re joined once again by colorist supreme DAVE STEWART and master letterer TODD KLEIN. In a bizarre future world that has forgotten its history, a reckless thief, Hope Redhood, holds the key to excavating its dark, strange past―if only she and her crew can escape a tyrannical wizard and his unstoppable daughter. But fate will send them all on a path leading to a war between worlds. ECHOLANDS is a landscape format, mythic-fiction epic where anything is possible―a fast-paced genre mashup adventure that combines everything from horror movie vampires to classic mobsters and cyborg elves, to Roman demigods and retro rocket ships. It’s going to be a helluva ride!

45 review for Echolands, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I wanted to like this more but I could not get past how much I hated the formatting. I can't stand reading in landscape mode and this is in two-page landscape mode - this is quite possibly a me-only problem but it's one of the reasons my rating is a bit low. Just a warning if you decide to read a digital version of this as it's quite annoying. I'm also not a huge fan of putting a ton of narrative exposition as an interview or short story within a graphic novel; I always kinda groan when I turn a I wanted to like this more but I could not get past how much I hated the formatting. I can't stand reading in landscape mode and this is in two-page landscape mode - this is quite possibly a me-only problem but it's one of the reasons my rating is a bit low. Just a warning if you decide to read a digital version of this as it's quite annoying. I'm also not a huge fan of putting a ton of narrative exposition as an interview or short story within a graphic novel; I always kinda groan when I turn a page and just see a huge wall of text. When I want to read a novel, I'll read a novel. A lot of time was also spent on "extras" for this series while the actual story moves so slowly and feels quite empty. I just could not connect with it at all. Gorgeous art though. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 Total review score: 2

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matty Dub

    I have never seen art more beautiful than the one contained in this book. Echolands is a great character driven fantasy story. The motley crew of characters’ appearances are all based on the art style of past great comics artist like Gould, Kirby, Wightson or Russell with the main protagonist sporting JH Williams’ signature style. This was a blast to read and experience, the horizontal format was awesome as was the superbly inventive page layouts.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kurt Lorenz

    The art in this series is truly incredible and a pleasure to admire, unfortunately the story drags a bit too much. I was hoping for a fantastic mini-series but this is turning out to be a gorgeously boring ongoing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Kurt Busiek's introduction makes much of comics as a group endeavour, like a great band. And it can't be disputed that Dave Stewart is one of our better colourists, that Todd Klein is probably the greatest letterer since Dave Sim's hands failed him, and that Haden Blackman is someone who knows JH Williams. But let's admit that Williams' art is the big draw here. The story is told sideways, and will I suspect work much better physically than the Edelweiss ARC did on my mid-size tablet, where it c Kurt Busiek's introduction makes much of comics as a group endeavour, like a great band. And it can't be disputed that Dave Stewart is one of our better colourists, that Todd Klein is probably the greatest letterer since Dave Sim's hands failed him, and that Haden Blackman is someone who knows JH Williams. But let's admit that Williams' art is the big draw here. The story is told sideways, and will I suspect work much better physically than the Edelweiss ARC did on my mid-size tablet, where it couldn't really attain the full storybook grandeur of its intended breadth. But I could still see that Williams' layouts were as innovative as ever, his world as solid yet magical. And what sort of world is that? Well, we open with what looks a lot like Red Riding Hood, except she's instantly thrust into a dystopian cityscape, where she's got a formidable father figure on her side but is hunted by a creepy girl-thing who has something in common with her. If that description is ringing a few bells then yeah, you must have read Williams' Batwoman too. And much of what follows echoes other familiar worlds and characters, which presumably explains the title. But damn he makes it look good enough that I don't mind going around the ride again. As it went on, I became less punctilious about zooming in to read all the words, which pretty much never lived up to the swoop and sweep of the visuals, where you could go from a dying Kirby pastiche being cradled by a cousin of Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein, to a war comic shipwreck, to a battle with sea monsters, all of them glorious, across three successive spreads. So yeah, maybe by the end I was only 'reading' this in the sense a small child does, which I'm sure some people still assume is always the case with comics. But occasionally, it is the best way, and until such time as Williams works with the likes of Morrison or Moore again, I'll take it. Though be warned - while I normally find creator playlists interesting, the one here specifies not only what format the music was on, which would already be mildly irritating, but what colour vinyl, which I found entirely infuriating.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    *I read 1-6 as single issues as a heads up. One of my favorite comics I’ve read recently. The artwork is nuts and honestly breathtaking. Worth spending so much time exploring each individual page. The story took me a couple issues to get into. But now I’m so in for this quest into strange lands with a wild cast of characters. I love the bookends of the issues as well, starting and ending with similar structures. These bookends allow for more world building, mystery, and frankly a lot more fun. I *I read 1-6 as single issues as a heads up. One of my favorite comics I’ve read recently. The artwork is nuts and honestly breathtaking. Worth spending so much time exploring each individual page. The story took me a couple issues to get into. But now I’m so in for this quest into strange lands with a wild cast of characters. I love the bookends of the issues as well, starting and ending with similar structures. These bookends allow for more world building, mystery, and frankly a lot more fun. It’s good stuff all around.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Neil Webb

    Beautifully illustrated, not an entry level graphic novel, I found it quite tiring to read with just the amount of detail and variety on each page. Definitely an artistic tour de force though.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tony

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    Bruno Taborda

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    Sheri

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    Drew

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    Tim Crocker

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    Mithun Gangopadhyay

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    Nebojsa

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    Michael DeLong

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    Jamil

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    Colin Moon

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    Joel

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    Ibrahim Aldridge

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    Dustin Moon

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    Wil Carpenter

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    David D.

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    Dena Burnett

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    Am Gill

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    Becky O'Rourke

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    Pragati

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    Marco

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    Cristian Castillo Garcia

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    Gwynplaine

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    Ben Brown

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    Joe Nava

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    Alex

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    Jack Harvey

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    Declan

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    Chad Jordahl

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