Storm King Comics 2019
Written by Duane Swierczynski
Illustrated by Jason Felix
Lettered by Janice Chiang
Marnie Young, an executive assistant in San Diego, is a sweet girl who wouldn't hurt a fly. She's also super lonely. But one night, without warning, Marnie has a violent seizure; co-workers recoil in horror as she writhes on the floor. Two days later, Marnie wakes up in a hospital room. As her vision comes into focus, she sees 17 doctors and nurses dead on the floor, blood splattered everywhere. Soon she discovers the shocking truth: Marnie has become lethal, and everyone who comes within three feet of her dies instantly! Which is really going to mess up her dating life (if she had one). Is there a cure? Can anyone get close enough to find out?
Wow! This is what I am talking about baby because the interiors look like they are mixed media, photographs and illustration. Have no idea if that's right or if it's all computer generated but I gotta say I have only ever seen one person do mixed media comics and do them magnificently and that's Stephen Pennella. We all know I don't normally talk about interiors until later in my review but i'll be damned if you wait that long to talk about the words after seeing the insides. I have never in all my years seen this kind of look the book, I mean those pictures of that cat, the realism of the people or the parking garage to the dead all around the hospital this screams such finesse and horror and detail and a thousand other things running through my mind the entire time. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a stupendous eye for storytelling. The composition inside the panels are flawlessly done as they bring us depth perception and a sense of scale. The backgrounds also enhance the moments as well as bring a sense of size and scope to the book. The colours, the patterns in the clothing, the way we see overhead lighting, this all shows a true understanding of how colours work.
Now I love Duane, the way he writes, the way his mind works and he's a really guy to meet in person as well. Now the opening here is definitely eye-catching and it makes you wonder what the hell is going on thus ensuring you want to know more. And more we get. I love listening to the details of Marnie's life as she takes back a few days before her present predicament. She's shy, timid and has a low opinion of herself for sure. She's the kind of the character that we as readers are able to relate to and actually for as we see her personality grow and evolve. The character development we see is amazingly well executed and the direction we can see her heading is even better. Duane created a magnificent character who herself claims is a blank slate.
The story & plot development that we see there through the sequence of events that are unfolding and how the reader learns information is extremely nice to see. There is a great natural feeling to the way we see the events in the book occur. Also hello Shaun, let's hope this handsome guy isn't gonna be skid mark in the race of life. The one thing we see that sets off this chain reaction is the perfect moment captured. The pacing here is phenomenally well done and how we see the twists and turns affect how we see the ebb & flow of the book is a dream come true. Everything that we see in the writing here from the questions without answers to the whole mystique of the situation manages to engage the reader so they go off-script and try to think what could possibly have happened and why it's continuing to happen. This is the power of storytelling right here to engage your readers' and have them invest in what your doing.
This is an utterly bloody effin brilliant first issue. This is going to change the way you see comics and rock your world in this holiday season in ways that leave panting for more.