TOBACCO-STAINED MOUNTAIN GOATpublished by Project-Nerd, is a newly released comic written and drawn by Andrez Bergen, based on his 2011 novel.  It’s a noir-style thriller set in a dystopian future where the world has gone to hell, and the city of Melbourne, Australia, is one of the last cities standing. It harkens back to an era of gumshoe mysteries but is set in a bleak future that feels all too real.


The series offers art that is at once jarring yet enticing to look at. Bergen uses a collage/digitally-manipulated photomontage style that challenges your perception of how comics should read on every page. There is a feeling of consistency in the inconsistency of the art. At one moment, one of our main protagonists resembles Ryan Gosling. Yet, with each turn of the page, his features change, leading to the final page where he looks like Ben Affleck. The style and look evolves but remains grounded in the emotion of the scenes.


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The writing and overall presentation read like a typical comic, but it plays with those conventions from page to page. Some pages rely solely on visuals while others almost drown in the weight of the text. Yet it all fits. There are also subtle references to other sci-fi in here, most notably 1984 and SOYLENT GREEN. Additionally, the head of the Hylax Corporation (a shady company if ever there was one), Wolram E. Deaps, is based on David Niven (THE PINK PANTHER, A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH). This brings a gentlemanly quality to his character, belying the cynicism beneath.


While it may not be your usual comic book, there is enough here to draw you in. Project-Nerd Publishing has already debuted this series as of February 1 and will be following up with a more diverse range of titles soon.

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Those looking to purchase a copy of TOBACCO-STAINED MOUNTAIN GOAT #1 can do so at the publisher’s online store. If you pick up TOBACCO-STAINED MOUNTAIN GOAT #1, let us know what you think in the comments section below, or head over to our forums here!

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