No Sleep/Evoluzione Publishing 2020
Written by Joshua Metzger
Illustrated by Carlos Nieto
Coloured by Luis Anthony Delgado
Lettered by Marco Della Verde
An illegal genetic research lab was set up on a remote planet. But after the corporation in charge came under investigation by officials on Earth, all communications were cut off and the colonists abandoned, leaving them marooned on a world with harsh conditions and limited natural resources. Seventy years later, the outlaw Sunday Childs, born into this world, struggles to survive the apocalyptic landscape populated by warring factions and escaped genetic experiments. Sunday's luck will change for the better or the worse when she is sent on an assassination mission by the planets ancient ruler know as the Mother.
Folks I’ve been telling you for ages that Evoluzione has some high quality storytelling going on. This is just another example of what is an extremely well done book that has a great idea behind and just drops the reader right into the middle of things. This is fantastic because this is being treated like it’s an everyday ordinary occurrence we are seeing and it engages the reader and lights up the curiosity and imagination.
I love the way that this is being told. How we see the story & plot development unfold through the sequence of events and how the reader learns information is presented extremely well. That we are dropped in the middle of things, including joining the story already in progress, is something that is memorable and really catches the readers’ attention. It piques the curiosity in just the right ways and it manages to hold throughout the issue. The character development is interesting and because they feel like already established and fleshed out people it makes the readers’ take on them that much more varied. The pacing here is sensational and as it takes us through the pages revealing the world and the characters it is easy to see how well everything works together to create the story’s ebb & flow. Also the way the book is structured and how we see a few subplots popping up make the layering of the story really grab your attention.
I am impressed with the level and quality of storytelling that is in this book. There is some wonderful utilisation of creativity and imagination that we see and that includes both the writing and the interior artwork. The lettering is solid and consistent and the sound effects yeah I like it they work but don’t overpower what we see.
The interior artwork here is fantastic. The linework that we see has some great strength in it and how it’s varying weights are utilised to bring out the attention to detail is wonderfully rendered. The utilisation of backgrounds is creative I’ll say that but i’d like to see more of the landscape so that we can see how far into the future they are and maybe crumbling remnants of what they built when they arrived. I cannot wait to see what passes for a city and you know I'm going to be here to find out. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a remarkable eye for storytelling. The colour work is beautiful to see. I am particularly fond of how we see the flashback with the sepia tones, like old photographs, that also have the colours with their various hues and tones underneath. It’s a technique we don’t see often and certainly not this well done. I love how the various hues and tones within the colours are being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work.
Folks you really ought to be branching out and supporting companies such as Evoluzione. The diversity of the creators and the ownership are precisely what we need to be looking towards moving forward. Plus this is just a damn fine issue and I highly recommend that you read it!