Comic Review: Mountainhead #1 (IDW Publishing)

Let’s have a ‘peak’ at Mountainhead #1, from IDW. Is it ‘head and shoulders’ above the pack? Written by John Lees, Mountainhead is illustrated by Ryan Lee, with colours by […]

Let’s have a ‘peak’ at Mountainhead #1, from IDW. Is it ‘head and shoulders’ above the pack?

Written by John Lees, Mountainhead is illustrated by Ryan Lee, with colours by Doug Garbark. And it’s a scrappy little tale.

Abraham Stubbs and his father Noah are ‘break and enter’ people in Oregon. Dressed in ski masks and hoodies, they sneak their little butts into peoples’ homes through windows, ransack the places, and take off. Not very honourable, perhaps. Not the best choice of career. Ad Dad is convinced that they are being followed by sinister government forces. They must be ready to run and disappear at any moment! Talk about workplace stress!!

Soon after, a few hundred kilometers north in the Canadian province of British Columbia, in the fictionally named ski resort town of Braeriach (fictional because I checked), the lone survivor of a climbing expedition staggers out of the woods. All naked and that.

How does this all fit together? You’ll just have to check it out. The story is a gripping one, full of frostbite, puking, and teenage angst. All good. The drawings, as gnarly as they appear, fit this tale like a, well, toque, or maybe a ski glove. It’s rough, it’s original, it’s going somewhere interesting. All moody and dark and contrasty and needy and all that. Great read, eh?

IDW, Mountainhead #1, $3.99 for 26 pages of content, Mature readers.

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!