Reviews of vol. 1 trade paperback:
The Austin Chronicle:
Now let’s imagine you’re trying to come up with a new story along those familiar genre lines, a story featuring magic and mayhem and inner-city grit, perfectly modern in its streetwise and tech-knowledge-y milieu, with drunken brawls in dive bars and blogging celebrities and creative drug abuse … and yet riddled with spells of binding and charms against attack and all manner of supernatural apparatus.
Whatcha gonna do, pal?
Whatcha gonna lay on the world, huh, Professor Creative?
Tell you what: If you’re extremely smart and talented and determined, you might just conjure something as compelling as Thomas Alsop by Chris Miskiewicz and Palle Schmidt.
Colors blend beautifully like a dream in each page, really making each and every panel it’s own piece of art. Even the flashbacks done in grays are detailed and convey so much. Everything before us in a frame has so much depth and perception to itself, that even the filler panels I would frame in my house and look at for hours.
Big Glasgow Comic:
The various plotlines within the volume mingle well and are supported with a very nice art style. The reader is left genuinely excited for the next entry in the series and I would heartily recommend this to others.
Reviews of issue #8:
While I am sad this particular story has ended, I am super glad it didn’t feel rushed in any way. I can’t wait to see more adventures of Thomas Alsop! There is no question, I will definitely be collecting the trade paperback of all eight issues when it hits the shelves and I highly recommend you do the same!
Thomas Alsop started the comic with the swagger of a magical man addicted to his power and his substance abuse. His humor and sarcasm danced the same way his magic did on his popular ghost show. It ends with a realization that so much of this time, we the reader (like so many of Thomas’ marks) have been tricked to looking in the wrong direction when the real story was just beneath the surface.
Issue #8 was a solid conclusion to an outstanding series, perfectly balancing humor, action, drama, and emotion. It gets the strongest recommendation from me. Rating: 5/5
Drunk on Comics Podcast:
This book is as much a story about Thomas Alsop’s personal awakening, as it was a personal awakening for me to see what a comic can truly do as an art form.
I’m saying with 100% certainty that anyone who has read the first seven issues of this series will be left completely satisfied. You’ll also be left wanting more and frankly it’s going to be a dark month when February hits because I’ve grown accustomed to this series appearing on my pull list.
Pete’s Basement Podcast:
USA Today called it Best Mini-Series of 2014 and I will be hard pressed to disagree. I haven’t read anything this good in a while…
Miskiewicz pulls off a twist that would make his title character proud. It’s something I didn’t see coming at all and it immediately changes the scope of the entire series. It will make you want to go back and re-read it from beginning to end with a new set of eyes.
Reading with a Flight Ring:
Palle’s artwork is at times haunting at times brilliant and at times psychedelic and all of it blends into one another with such ease and grace it helps the flow of the story. This is a rare team that should work together as often as possible.
I had absolutely no reservations when we named Thomas Alsop the “Best Mini-Series of 2014” before reading that final issue, and now issue eight only reinforces our selection.
This Podcast Sucks:
This has been one of the most satisfying story arcs in comics that I’ve encountered in a really long time. Fun, funny, crazy, bold, edgy, fantastic, honest, human, tragic… I could go on. Thomas Alsop has become a very real person in just eight issues, and I’m sad to see it end. Score: 5/5
Reviews of issue #7:
I think that says something about the quality of the storytelling when you can read the second to last issue and still have no real clue to how this is all going to end. I just know that it’s going to be good. Score: 5/5
Chris Miskiewicz and Palle Schmidt are nearing the end of this 8 part mini-series, and while I’m dying to know how it all turns out, I can’t help but be a bit sad. Thomas Alsop is just cocky enough to be funny, and just serious enough to hide what he knows. Schmidt’s art style is a creative delight once a month. I wouldn’t mind seeing this title continue with a new story arc.
This Podcast Sucks:
Up to this point, we’ve seen Thomas as flippant, arrogant, lackadaisical, disinterested, and a bit lazy. But now, Thomas seems to have found his center. Sure, he had to almost drown to get there 100%, but still, he has found his focus, and he knows exactly what he wants/needs/has to do in order to save the Island, and nothing is going to stop him.
Chris Miskiewicz really builds the tension in this chapter, with more barriers for Alsop at every turn. The art continues to be stellar by Palle Schmidt. 9/10
Reviews of issue #6:
With each issue of Thomas Alsop the question is, “Will it somehow best the last issue?” That’s honestly my question and concern each time I pick up the next issue. You can’t climb the mountain forever and yet somehow this freaking series manages to do just that. 5/5.
Writer Chris Miskiewicz has handled the rather taboo topic of 9/11 with great care. The World Trade Center attacks aren’t used as a cheap stunt for the sake of sales. Instead, they’re treated with respect and become a major plot point of the story. Thomas is affected by the attacks on a very deep and personal level as he has a special connection to the island. 9/11 hit him unlike any other New Yorker and he’s still recovering from it ten years later. 4/5.
Another excellent issue in a very strange tale by Chris Miskiewicz, with a great tone in artwork set by Palle Schmidt. 9/10
This book is just so damn good. Buy it. 4.5 out of 5 Smoke Monsters.
Reviews of issue #5:
With Chris Miskiewicz keeping me on my toes story wise and Palle Schmidt continuing to blow me away with such a gorgeous art style, the team has me on the ride that is Thomas Alsop. I delight in seeing this comic in my inbox, and as the story moves towards the 8th and final issue I am both excited to see where the story goes and praying that it continues in a different story arc. It’s not every day that one finds such a great combination of original story and artwork
It’s incredible storytelling from both the writer and the artist and by far one of the best things being published by any company at the moment. Do yourself a favor and check out Thomas Alsop, the only thing you’ll regret is that it took you this long to read it. 5/5
Chris Miskiewicz has created a character that I can’t help rooting for, no matter how much of a jerk Alsop can be at times. The artwork by Palle Schmidt is spot on for this kind of tale, setting the right eerie tone without going too far – and I loved the social media angle. Another great issue of an excellent series. 10/10
Reviews of issue #4:
Halfway through this 8 part story, I can’t help but be intrigued and want desperately for all the issues of this comic to be in my hot little hands. The book is part rock and roll story, part otherworldly supernatural tale. Thomas Alsop #4 continues the story of a man done with tricks and ready to step up to his role at Hand of the Island. The art work continues to draw me in as much as the story.
Comics Worth Reading:
The art is spooky and good at setting mood, from old friends reminiscing before getting down to the business of why you’d ask someone from your past for help, to the dodgy edges of a society based around exploring the unknown. The story’s got an excellent sense of place and plenty of content to ponder.
Each issue of this series continues to be better than the last and the fourth issue continues that trend. The history of the story is so rich that I just want to stay and hear Tommy talk about his life and his family’s history.
This Podcast Sucks:
Palle Schmidts art lends itself well to the almost sloppy nature that Thomas exudes. Not that his art is sloppy by any means, but it has some roughness to it that compliments the mood and emotion that this narrative is oozing. Thomas has a personality that is like a tumbler of booze on the rocks, where the booze is just a bit too much for the glass and some of it inevitably gets splashed over the sides. Somehow, the spillage makes the drink that much more appealing… 4.2 out of 5 Tumblers of Booze
To complement this story we have Palle Schmidt, who continues to impress with his choice of colors, beautifully mixing shades based on the scene and or setting. So now that we have reached the halfway point of this eight issue series, I am eager to see where the last four chapters take us. Thomas Alsop has been my one of my favorite reads this year, and should be considered as one of 2014′s best new comics so far. Of course, this is highly recommended and a must pull must read series for all.
…the story is exceptionally well written by Chris Miskiewicz with stunning artwork by Palle Schmidt. 9/10
Reviews of issue #3:
Thomas Alsop is definitely in my top five for books being published, but could find itself sitting at the top. This issue left me foaming at the mouth for more of the story and really I just couldn’t believe how damn good it was. After the first two issues I knew it would be good because it’s too early in the story to drop the ball, but this good!?! I never imagined.
Thomas Alsop #3 is dark and haunting. From the beginning facing 9/11 as a New Yorker to the drug overdose, there is very little cheer in this comic. With strong writing and gorgeous artwork, however, the comic becomes impossible to put down.
Bag and bored:
Palle Schmidt (Mean Streets) uses what seems to be a mix of watercolor and ink wash to wonderful effect. The flashback scenes, in which we see the first Hand going about his business and learn about the ill-fated Towers site, are lovely and really do a wonderful job of separating the two timelines visually while keeping them connected inside the context of the story. As I mentioned before the last image in issue 2 was stunning, and he continues that fine work in this issue as well.
Reviews of issue #2:
Images and Nerds:
And more still: this being very much a tale of New York, Miskiewicz has, very bravely I think, interwoven the 9/11 tragedy into his story. No small risk that, especially amidst all the fun and games. But he and Schmidt have, so far, accorded it the respectful tone it requires. All in all, this brew, seemingly light and frothy, is a lot more heady than at first it seems.
Once again we get compelling story-telling and the character building that is essential early on in a series. Miskiewicz does this masterfully as he is setting up an incredible world full of mystical intrigue in a contemporary setting accompanied with raw and personal emotion.
Drunk On Comics Podcast:
I don’t like talking about the same book two issues in a row, but when they’re this good you have to
Reading with a Flight Ring:
Once in a while a new voice comes along and changes the way you view things. These guys have done that for me, in a world where I’ve read a lot of Harry Dresden and Harry Potter and the like Thomas is his own man with a very distinct personality who takes full advantage of the resources around him and made himself an internet sensation and media darling while using that as a cover to do what he needs to do in the world. It combines everything possible old world and new in a way we don’t see much of and that’s what makes this a uniquely original read.
Schmidt’s storytelling is superb and he uses both shading and especially coloring to great effect. Each moment has its own distinct feel and he manages to pull the reader immediately into different times and realms with deceptive ease. His art is almost impressionistic in places, and he always effectively conveys the mood of the moment.
Fan Girl Nation:
Writer Chris Miskiewicz knows how to tell a story and keep an audience connected. Thomas Alsop is rude, but also a wounded enough character to be endearing. Palle Schmidt continues to wow me with his watercolor style, casting an ethereal glow on everything in this comic.
I don’t know where this series came from, but it’s quickly become one of my favorites of the year. If you’re not reading it, you really are missing out on a great comic… Score: 5/5
There are a lot of great ideas at play in this new series, and writer Chris Miskiewicz is planting some intriguing seeds early on. There is certainly a mythology at play that looks to be built bigger each week.
Reviews of issue #1:
Pete’s Basement (video podcast):
I had way more fun than should be allowed!
This is a sharp, confident opening issue that takes every trope you expect it to and turns them all on their head. The art is gorgeous, the central premise is great and elegantly handled and the script fizzes with the same confidence Thomas convinces himself he has. One of the best horror comics on the shelves right now. Seek it out.
Writer Chris Miskiewicz (EVERYWHERE, The Adventures of Shakespeare and Watson ) has delivered a promising first issue, marrying a dry, sarcastic humor with fun fantasy elements while still weaving in a dark, relevant social commentary.
Reality television thrives on the chaos inherent in normal life and Thomas Alsop #1 further exacerbates that chaos. Alsop as a main character is something of a demon hunter enjoying his status as a celebrity, which obviously leads to some lapses in responsibility.
There is a strong story carrying through it all that captivates me and I think the next chapter will be even more interesting.
Cosmic Book News:
Chris Miskiewics does an amazing job of fleshing out this first issue. Within its myriad of ideas, there is a single driving force to have these characters connect with the reader at a base level and it absolutely does! Between the exceptional character development, Richard’s stoic resolve and Thomas’ hubris facade, the magic, the mystery, the underlining feeling of eventual bedlam from demonic forces and the absolutely outstanding artwork by Palle Schmidt that helps solidify the overall vibe of the tale — this book has it all!
There are definite Hellblazer elements here, the chief one being the magic and supernatural. The twist is that Manhattan Island is home to the supernatural and the position of “The Hand of the Island” has been held hundreds of years. It’s a neat concept and the idea that Manhattan has supernatural shenanigans going on isn’t too hard to imagine.
Chris Miskiewicz has written a highly accessible first issue. The world around Thomas and Richard have been crafted with a lot of attention to detail and reference. The characters themselves feel unique in their stories and they have a way of speaking and an attitude that adds to the mystery without feeling like you’re just being led to the next surprise or reveal.
There’s a hint of darkness to the art, but also an underlying wispiness that helps it float and allows the sense of the otherworldly to come across as natural, letting a narrative featuring two soon-to-be-intrinsically-linked time periods blend together more smoothly. Smart and imaginative, it would be wise not to dismiss this as knockoff of more familiar archetypes. 8/10
Comic Book Resources:
Miskiewicz and Schmidt present a moody vision of Manhattan that looks as though spirits really could inhabit it.
Miskiewicz presents Thomas Alsop in a way that makes the archetype feel fresh and new. And just as you get a taste for who the character is, Miskiewicz brilliantly transitions into the story of Thomas’s great, great grandfather, the first Hand of the Island. It is here that the issue moves away from character set-up and into the meat of the story. Then, just as brilliantly, Miskiewicz ties it all together on the very last page, leaving the reader properly primed for the rest of the series. I’m a very big fan of the way this issue flowed.
I was surprised by this issue. I didn’t know what to expect, but the concept quickly won me over and the rest managed to build past my initial interest. For a first issue it stumbles some, but overall it introduces the reader to the world that isn’t forced or annoying and leaves the reader wanting more.
Nothing But Comics:
Thomas’ ancestor is a stoic family man doing his best to stop evil from coming to the shores of Manhattan, while Thomas seems like a drunken, self-absorbed celebrity who is fundamentally unlikeable. The two Alsop’s adventures do intersect, and the first issue promises that something dark from Richard’s past is on the horizon for Thomas.
Pop Culture Maven:
I was very impressed with Schmidt’s artwork on the book. The first thing that struck me about it was his great use of color on the book. He wisely kept the color palette pretty much black and white and used color to highlight a character or event in the story. It’s always hard for an artist to work on a story that has a lot of dialog going on and Schmidt handles it quite effectively and helps keep the reader visually on point with it.
Pretty solid. The story is sort of a split between a mystical defender of Manhattan/reality super-star and his ancestor who was the first European-born mystical defender of Manhattan.
His ear for the modern sarcasm of Thomas and the solemn oratory of his ancestor Richard, seen in flashbacks which also spill toward Thomas’ time in ethereal interstices, is tuned to the clearest spirit channeling, and the shifting sense of reality is navigated well, by Miskiewicz’s narrative and the diffuse, grubby imagery of artist Palle Schmidt, whose settings and inhabitants seem composed of gathered smoke and veils of dusty light and lovely vanishing paint layers of translucent lifetimes.
Nerds on the Rocks:
Palle Schmidt on the art really helps this story move along. I’m a fan of minimalist coloring and I think it works extraordinarily well in this story. The art itself has a nice blend of feeling somewhat minimalist, but also having a great deal of detail in the backgrounds. I was unfamiliar with Palle prior to this book, but the art really shines through here and is quickly making me a fan. I look forward to seeing where this story takes us.
In the after-word, Miskiewicz addresses the Alsop name as a name that he saw on a tombstone, a name that would not leave him. In true detective-spirit, he unearthed the history of the Alsop name, back to the early pioneer families of New York City. That, my friends, is what you can expect with this one-of-a-kind story, the coexistence of our time, and the past, using the backdrop of our proudest city. This exhibition of fluid-time is strengthened by the art style of Palle Schmidt, whose work shines in the fading backdrops the characters inhabit.
“Thomas Alsop” #1 succeeds at so many levels. Schmidt’s illustrations give the book a dark and dusky look and I personally love his choice of colors as he jumps through time periods. Miskiewicz has introduced us to a unique and fascinating character in Alsop who is a cross between John Constantine and Jim Morrison (sans the singing). The story grabs you never letting go, leaving this reader wanting more. A remarkable debut issue from this creative team, there is no doubting this Thomas and the potential of this series.
The latest “Hand of the Island” has met a danger far greater than the spiritual dangers he keeps at bay from the inhabitants of Manhattan Island…Reality TV! A great start to this tale by Chris Miskiewicz and great artwork by Palle Schmidt. 8/10
Part John Constantine and part Nikki Sixx, Thomas Alsop is the type of likeable that only celebrities manage to be; you dislike their behaviors but can’t help but smile. Palle Schmidt’s artwork is a dreamy watercolor look that sets the scene for supernatural scenarios and the blur of good and evil.
Schmidt uses bright colors for Thomas, who is set in the current day timeline, and grey tones for Richard who is set in the past. The backgrounds and landscapes are created solely by the brush strokes without any ink or pencil lines. This gives them an early american art look that mirrors the setting perfectly.
Reading with a Flight Ring:
There is so much going on here both with words, narration, dialogue and in the visuals that you think it should be overwhelming but it isn’t it all ties together incredibly well and flows wonderfully. This is my first exposure to both Chris and Palle but if this level of intensity and amazement follows through all 8 issues you better believe I’m a fan for life. This is beyond expectation and is one of those rare finds that blends the supernatural and history in ways that can seem perfectly normal.
Thomas is a whiskey-soaked hipster who just happens to also be a warlock… In a great twist of irony, in order to remain inconspicuous, Thomas must be part of a reality TV show with a supernatural theme. It’s a great premise and this comics series looks like it’s up to the challenge.
Bleeding Cool: Ahead Of Thomas Alsop’s Final Issue This Week, Chris Miskiewicz And Palle Schmidt Talk Endings
Thomas Alsop has been in my head for years. The fact that his story is out there kind of blows my mind. The entire experience has been phenomenal, not to mention how amazing it was to be named “The Best Mini-Series of 2014” by USA Today and Geek Sushi.
Drunk on Comics Special Edition: Interview with Chris Miskiewicz & Palle Schmidt
There was that initial fear of whether or not a major American publisher could put out something that was undertaking the story of 9/11 in this way and thankfully it seems like just about everybody kinda got what that was.
Comics Bulletin Exclusive! Creative Team’s Commentary – Chris Miskiewicz & Palle Schmidt on Thomas Alsop #8 from BOOM! Studios
We’ll be talking about the opening scene to Thomas Alsop #8, which is the conclusion to “The 3000″ storyline where a lot of plotlines are tied up for our hero, and we leave our fans with the biggest question of the series dangling at the end.
Bleeding Cool: On Thomas Alsop, Shakespeare And Watson, Writing Comics and More -Talking With Chris Miskiewicz
It’s really a huge interconnected tale that follows three hundred years in the lives of the Alsop Family, and every one of them who ever held the curse of “The Hand of the Island.” Thomas Alsop may be the current Hand, but there’re tons of stories that come before him. So in that regard alone I’m finding fans really digging that there have been other Hand’s. And honestly, I can’t wait to start showing them off if this series continues past the first volume.
USA Today: ‘Thomas Alsop’ stars New York’s magical caretaker:
With a look and personality inspired by Keanu Reeves and Chris Cornell, Thomas Alsop is the latest enigmatic warlock type to hit comics, following in the lines of Doctor Strange or John Constantine. One difference: Thomas has his own supernatural TV series, the result of a video gone viral years earlier of him taking care of a threatening demon.
Bleeding Cool: Noir, Thomas Alsop, And Showing Up To The Party – Palle Schmidt Talks Comics
I think a certain amount of controversy is better than bland, middle-of-the-road storytelling. Remember, I’m from the land of Lars Von Trier, so I don’t shock easily [laughs]! I do remember getting a sinking feeling when I discovered the slave ship we see in issue #1 actually was found at the WTC site. That’s what makes the story so powerful, that the real and the unreal blend together in this really unique way. I think it’s an important story and I feel very blessed to be part of it.
CBR: Miskiewicz conjures up Manhattans mystic protector in “Thomas Alsop”:
The title character might be kind of a mess, as Miskiewicz himself describes Thomas, but he also has an important duty: Uphold his family’s longstanding tradition of acting as The Hand of the Island, a kind of magical policeman that protects Manhattan and the surrounding Burroughs from various supernatural threats. Thomas goes about all this a bit differently than some of his predecessors, however, especially since he’s got a reality show crew documenting his adventures.
Multiversity: Behind the Magic of “Thomas Alsop” with Chris Miskiewicz and Palle Schmidt:
As far as the nuts & bolts of how we work, I give Palle as much freedom as he wants per page. If there’s something he wants to change, or extra panels he wants to put in, or there’s a better/different way to deliver a scene, as long as it doesn’t alter the plot, I’m cool with it. Honestly, every time Palle has made a suggestion, it turns out better than what I had in mind. Basically, we’re both looking at the same thing from a different angle, hopefully making the final product better from the blending of our two parts.
The ‘PREVIEWS’ Party Interviews Chris Miskiewicz and Palle Schmidt of ‘Thomas Alsop’:
That’s kind of my goal with this series. To make Thomas as grounded, real, and flawed as any other person. He’s not pretty, nor looking to impress anyone other than the guy looking back at him in the mirror. He’s not doing his job out of want, but, instead, obligation. The guy would rather be doing anything else in the world than what he has to do everyday.
Manhattan Has A New Protector In Thomas Alsop:
“Thomas Alsop is kind of a dicey guy,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “He’s a lovable rogue with the weight of his family—his family tree even—on his shoulders. Chris and Palle have created a complex character and a frenetic world that’s bursting with magic, history, mayhem, shenanigans, familial burdens, personal demons, real demons, boozy nights, and a deeply rooted mythology that it’s all grounded in. This series is crackling with the energy of new creators unleashing their talents; I can’t wait for readers to meet Chris, Palle…and THOMAS ALSOP. ”
Previews and other press
Bleeding Cool: Are You Missing Hellblazer? Here Comes Thomas Alsop:
The series, from relative newcomers Chris Miskiewicz and Palle Schmidt, is essentially punk rock Dr. Strange. Between the concept and the art, I’ll be keeping an eye out for this one this summer.
Fans of John Constantine and Dr. Strange will love this new take on the magic-wielding hero who battles demons on the streets… and in his own mind. Thomas has money and fame, but also the burden of a being this generation’s occult warrior. Can he survive the battles both within and without?
Bleeding Cool: Preview Boom’s New York Set Occult Thriller Thomas Alsop:
I have to confess that Thomas Alsop caught my attention some time ago, when I first heard of this strange occult story in genesis form by word of mouth and discussion in Brooklyn, and learning that the artwork was by globe-trotting Danish artist Palle Schmidt, a master of noir and mood, only piqued my interest.