Red5 Comics 2020
Written by Scott Chitwood
Illustrated by Danny Luckert
Coloured by Matt James
Having discovered the first definitive proof of the Loch Ness Monster, Hannah and her team quietly begin gathering more information on the legendary creature. But the only thing more dangerous than the monster itself is the world finding out about its existence.
Oh my goodness I love this book. It takes us through a scientific observation of how plausible it would be for there to be a species of Plesiosaur still roaming around today. Of course for us that’s hypothetical because no one has seen one up close to say for sure, god forbid catch it and slice it open like barbarians. Still backing things up with scientific fact as Scott is doing here he’s creating something of a fictional history story where Nessie exists, as the fiction, while showing historically accurate places where Plesiosaur’s skeletons were found as well as pointing out that Coelacanth was thought long extinct until one was found off the Comoro Islands. So yeah I love the balancing act between fact and fiction that we see within these pages as it captures the readers’ mind and imagination while engaging in the discussion on the pages.
I love the way that this is being told. How we see the story & plot development through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented beautifully. I like how it is both entertainment and learning experience at the same time as this lets it have more oomph in my humble opinion. Plus when you see something you question you hit the search engine and see for yourself. This is an interactive experience and it’s being done so incredibly well. The character development that we see is superb. The way they interact with one another, through dialogue, and how they act and react to the situations and circumstances really work to flesh them out even further. The pacing is amazing as it takes us through the pages and reveals the twists & turns along the way.
I am a fan of the way this is structured and the way we see the events unfolding thanks to the ebb & flow that’s been created by everything working together. This is simply a stunning story and it’s not what I was expecting to see and I think that by defying expectation and doing something completely original and separate was a damn good call.
The interiors here are really very nice to see. I like the style of the artwork that we’re seeing here as it isn’t that realistic, or hyper realism, and it isn’t simply comic books; it has the blend of the two putting it in the middle and it’s really spectacular to see. The linework is nice, i’d like to see variation in techniques instead of straight up linework but through the varying weights it works. The way that backgrounds are utilised is fantastic and it helps bring us this great depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a solid eye for storytelling. I like the colour work here and I like the illusion it brings. The motion of the waves and how the shading in clothing is working and this looks like those were computer generated and it definitely makes things look pretty.
I am rather fond of this book and the story itself. The idea is solid and the way that they are going about telling the story is smartly done. I keep telling you all that Red5 Comics is home to some extremely good, solid, strong and fascinating storytelling, isn’t time you listened?