Bonehead vol 1

It’s a well-known fact that street gangs all know martial arts and/or a highly choreographed dance scene. In the future that’s no different, except they also all do parkour and are cybernetically enhanced. Welcome to the future. Welcome to Bonehead.

Bonehead was created by Rajaya Yogaswara, aka Machine56, as an art/fashion project, creating these bonehead helmets and some amazing clothing. Years later The Bonehead Project got another kick with Image Comics’ Bonehead comic. Written by Bryan Edward Hill, with art by Rhoald Marcellius, and colors by Sakti Yuwono, Bonehead vol 1 collects the four issues that were released.

There is no origin story here, we get dropped right into the action as “56” chases down a specific drone amidst a rush of drones, all flying above the skyscrapers of a futuristic unnamed city, and the action barely slows down the whole time. I think the breakneck speed is a double-edged sword for Bonehead. It’s thrilling, it’s exciting, it’s go go go. But keeping that pace means that when the action slows down and the plot comes in, it quickly goes goes goes. What plot is there, gives a good balance of exposition (remember there is no origin story) and advancement of the storyline.

The art is incredible. Full stop. Everything in it fits perfectly and just sucks you into this amazing future world.

There’s way more story to be told here, and it feels like this had the rug pulled out from under it midstory. The immediate storyline wrapped up fine, but then the last page just dropped a blunt axe into everything to end it. I feel like if the four issues had been six the extra room for plot might have given this book a longer life.

If I ignore the last page I can still give this 4 out of 5. I want more.

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