In a near future, a sprawling megalopolis sees the rise of “Boneheads” parkour-gangs that use neuro-linked helmets to augment their abilities and live for the thrill of physical risk. As a gang war threatens to tear the city apart, a mysterious Bonehead rises, a man with no past that might be the key to saving the city’s future.
Written by: Bryan Edward Hill
Art by: Rhoald Marcellius
Colors by: Sakti Yuwono
Letters by: Imam Eko & Jaka Ady
Graphics by: Comolo
The first thing I noticed about Bonehead is the velocity of its pacing. Writer Bryan Edward Hill hits the ground running with his story and it’s pretty much non-stop until the cliffhanger ending. That breakneck storytelling, when sprinkled with a little world-building, creates a book that pulls you into its world. There’s a lot to take in too, as this is a pretty detailed world being created, and I feel we have barely scratched the surface. Granted there is a certain amount of exposition, but it’s done in clever ways by using info-graphics and similar narrative techniques. It’s a very modern approach that is a perfect fit for this future story.
As for our protagonist, ’56’, we don’t know much about him/her other than they seem to be one grade A bad-ass with a bit of a hero streak, as evident by the decision to save another ‘bonehead’ from being attacked by a gang. It’s a nice moment that probably will be more significant as the story unfolds.
What a beautiful, sleek book this is. It’s vibrant, colorful and full of energy. The panels and layouts also give it tons of momentum. Visually it’s the perfect style for the story. Rhoald Marcellius, along with colorist Sakti Yuwono and letterers Imam Eko & Jaka Ady have created something very modern here. Everything is crisp and neat, with think line work that adds weight to the images. Each visual component fits in perfectly with each other; it’s all very complimentary. There are also some great character designs.
Bonehead #1 will interest you enough to join it on it’s run, and it seems like the race will take us somewhere fast. With so many comics taking the slow burn approach to telling a story, it’s nice to see one where running isn’t just the theme and important to the plot, but part of the feel you get from the book as well.