Titan Comics 2018
Written by Peter Milligan
Illustrated by Colin Lorimer
Coloured by Joana Lafleuente
Lettered by Simon Bowland
In the 21st Century, the global currency is no longer oil or gold but information. And he who possesses it possesses the world. There is one place on the planet where the most valuable information is mined, a place that prides itself on ‘mental fracking’, promising to extract any secret from any individual using any means possible. It is perhaps the intelligence community’s darkest secret, aligned to no one political system or state, an autonomous institute, free of state manipulation. The identity of its controller, the mysterious Number One, is unknown. It is a place so secret, some believe it to be a myth. It is The Village.
Well I will be honest I hadn’t thought that a comic book based on a television program that ran for only one season would be a goldmine. I do not know how closely this resembles the original but this right here is fascinating to me. The whole concept was way ahead of it’s time that’s one thing I now know for sure along with the fact that I was wrong about how I viewed this. Now lets dive into the story and see what I am now so happy about.
We open the book with some incredible stuff that has the action up and running. But who is Breen and why is he running? He’s got a narrative running and you know when you are reading it that it’s what is going through his mind right at that moment giving us a lot of information and characterisation. It is very effective in getting the reader to want to know how things got to this situation and that curiosity is quickly rewarded.
I like the way the book is structured and how we see Breen go through the paces of what his life and what it has become. The way the flashback is set up was extremely well done and it was somewhat unexpected in nature. I guess it was too much to hope for that in this day and age Breen was sleeping with his partner who was a man and not a woman. So in the flashback he and his partner Carey, a woman, get separated and he returns without her. This causes a chain reaction of events that lead to him being informed about The Village.
I really like Colin and Joana’s work on the interiors here. The linework that we see is pretty solid and amazingly well done. The suit the Chessman was wearing yeah that stood out beautifully and how we see the faces and particularly the eyes and wrinkles show of what varying weight in linework is capable of. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective show off a solid and seasoned eye for storytelling. The interiors really help mould how we feel the pacing of the book goes there’s something very kinetic and interesting about how it reacts with the reader.
Suspicions abound here, is The Village real, is Carey there and has Breen really gone rogue and become a traitor to his country? Some answers come to us in ways you won’t really notice right away others are made clear this very issue. This book sets up the premise behind the series and in a weird way I feel like it’s a one man The Wild Wild West, combining Jim West and Artemus Gordon. The whole feel and vibe of the book feels interesting and compelling.
Very well written and effectively makes the reader the feel what is happening as it draw them into the story and this world in ways you don’t anticipate. With stellar characterisation and amazingly good interior artwork don’t let The Prisoner escape.