Aftershock Comics 2019
By Juan Doe
The toast has been made and the cake has been cut.
The most intimate wedding reception of the century has started, and all the guests are suffering a bad case of nomophobia (a.k.a. "no-mobile-phone phobia"). But things get real in a hurry when the mysterious killer sets off a frenzy that drives the re-maining guests into a world of unknown primal fear. Now they must learn to de-pend on each other if they are to survive the hunt.
This is extremely now in terms of how Juan has set this premise up. Well aside from the whole killer angle that's pure horror film stuff, which this would make a nice one. In a world where people are glued to their phones and more concerned with the amount of likes they have then in the actual people they know an off-the-grid wedding is the ultimate in device free dinner. Last issue set up the whole thing and this issue is where we see thing start and take effect, that they've had their phones taken from them. This is impressing me a lot more than I was expecting it to.
I like the way that this is being told. The way that we see the story & plot development and the character development work together, separately and weaving through each other is extremely well done. The way that information is revealed and how we see the revelations cross our paths not only add to the lightness of a party but the way the guests interact with one another and the foreboding of things to come. Just the way that I am seeing this being told shows a maturity in the writing that you may or may not be expecting to see. There is a lot going on and it has that slice of real life about as the wedding takes place and the guests who do not know each other have no other choice to talk with each other.
I don't want to see the killer not anytime soon. I want him, his reasons and all that jazz to remain unknown for now it adds to the whole atmosphere of the book. It also ups that creepy factor to levels we never expect to see and it engages the reader by taking them off-script and into their own minds and that just keeps people coming back to see if they were right which is ultimately what you really to have happen.
The interiors here are really not the style I gravitate towards. Okay so pages 2 & 3 were pretty damn I will say that and the way we see the house on the bottom is sensational! I have idea what that thing on his head is, it looks like it's sprouting broccoli. I do like the utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels as they show a really nice eye for storytelling. That we see backgrounds utilised like they are enhance the moments and bring a beautiful sense of size and scope to the book. The colour work matches the linework nicely and how we see the light sources is well done in casting highlights and shading.
There is just something about this that captivates you as a reader and it draws you into the story and engages your mind while sneaking you into being invested. I find myself continually looking at the pages and reading and re-reading this from the first of the guests to find themselves separated from the pack to that roasted for dinner and the joints being passed around. There isn't anything about this that doesn't fascinate the reader and that's an accomplishment in and of itself.