We'll raise an eyebrow at the formerly legitimate-ish press carrying comic book news and the downfall of modern society some other time, but for today, let us consider the actual news about new comics about which I should be getting excited.
In a very weird way, all new comic series basically look the same to me. And The Steam Man #1 solicitation copy is a pretty good example.
The Old West (but not as we know it): Giant robots that run on steam power are created to take down invading Martians and armies of killer albino apes in an all-out brawl. The Steam Man, a giant metal man operated by a team of monster hunters, seems to have the town protected and the West under control, until a crazed and powerful vampire comes to town to bring forth the apocalypse.So what are we getting in this solicitation copy and that of so many other #1's?
1. setting that is not here and now
2. wacky overarching concept that's been done before, often endlessly
3. with mash-up conflict from another recognizable but previously unrelated familiar thing
4. extensive mythology in place from issue 1
|you would not believe how many images come up when you Google "Robot Abraham Lincoln" to help illustrate your point|
So, this comic looks to me to be: