NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, November 6, 2015, 10:00 AM
When art is literally leaping out of the canvas, someone’s got to save the day.
Shaun Simon and Michael Allred made a solid and fast first issue of “Art Ops” introducing key characters and diving us head first into a strange concept.
In the world of “Art Ops,” art pieces are alive and literally able to come out of the frames. A secret organization tries to keep them safe, headed by Regina Jones, an expert agent but absent mother to her son, Reggie Riot.
With so many key elements laid out in this first issue — from the friction between Regina and Reggie to the introduction of characters like the mechanical-like Body and the snotty Mona Lisa — it suffers a little with too many things going on.
As a result, you’re not entirely sympathetic with the angsty Reggie, the hero of the series. Though with a few pages they’ve successfully presented him as a decent guy and have an entire series to flesh him out.
Michael Allred’s somber pop art style from iZombie makes this comic a visual treat and the idea of seeing him take on future pieces of art like the Mona Lisa is appealing.
It’s a strange and dangerous world that they’ve created here, and the first issue promises that it’ll only get stranger, both in story and visuals.
But that’s exactly the way it should be when art comes alive.
“Art Ops #1” is out now from Vertigo Comics.