Evoluzione Publishing 2019
Written & Lettered by Jason McNamara
Illustrated by Alberto Massagia
Coloured by Paul Little
Every thirteen years, a child killer returns to Braddock, Texas. As the small town prepares itself for a new cycle of terror, teenage prodigy Emma Dale has plans of her own. She’s going to get the hell out of this town, even if it kills her.
The opening here is fantastic and if provides us with the catalyst that is going to set the tone for the rest of the story. It is an eye opener, grabs the attention and piques the curiosity in all the right ways. I knew it was going to be a bad day when I saw the date, my “brother” was born that day, so I had good chuckle at that one. Still to see what transpired without actually seeing it happen was one of those great off-screen moments that has the readers’ mind working in overdrive to comprehend and then try to make sense of that moment. Beautifully done by Jason and I really did want more after that and it appears that we’re going to get it.
I really like the way that this is structured. The way that Jason manages to weave in this murder mystery feel into the story of a small town whose residents include teenagers with physical disabilities, not handicapped but handicapable, who are the targets here. It is a very interesting plot twist and then with the story and plot development that we see coursing through these pages thanks to some incredibly good pacing we get to meet the inhabitants that will all play a role in this book. I have to say that the way we are introduced to these character is phenomenally well done.
As we meet the players in this drama I am also impressed with the characterisation that we see here. Each person has a complete personality already and some we want to see explored more than others and that’s precisely how it should be. We have those we like, those we hate and those we want to root for and all of them will be seen throughout the story in ways that will help them grow and evolve or be the cause of death and destruction. With this there really are some that I like and others that I don’t and a few that well like officer Ruiz I wanna see bitch slapped into next week.
The interiors hare are very nice to see. The linework is good, strong, clean and crisp and when utilised through their varying weights we see some very nice attention to detail. Also I am pretty impressed with how we see the composition inside the panels with their angles and perspective. The way we see this visually also has a very good effect on how we see the story as well. There are cues and clues in the way we see the work that help expand the characters and bring them to life in a way that words can’t. The way the page layouts are utilised is extremely nice to see and it shows a strong eye for storytelling. The colour work here is well done and the way that colour blocking is utilised is also a great way to showcase light sources. I’d like to see some colour gradation but this works for now.
The way this story is set-up and how we see a series of unfortunate events all random and all coordinated to be revealed at once make this an extremely impressive in terms of how it’s written and how Jason manages to draw the reader in and engage their minds. By the last page you become a part of the story and whether you are on the side of Sheriff or well on the other side, which we don’t really know yet, this is something that needs to be seen. It needs to be in your hands and the hands of your friends. This story is pretty freakin amazing and I fell for it and I just get it out of my head and how much I enjoyed this.
I am enclosing the kickstarter link so go to it, check it out further and if you can please support this, I need to own a physical copy myself!