IDW Publishing 2020
Based on the Novel by Stephen King & Owen King
Adapted by Rio Youers
Illustrated by Alison Sampson
Coloured by Triona Tree Farrell
Lettered & Designed by Christa Miesner
A strange sleeping sickness, known as Aurora, has fallen over the world, and strangest of all, it only affects women. In the small town of Dooling, a mysterious woman has walked out of the woods; she calls herself Eve and leaves a trail of carnage behind her. More mysterious: she’s the only woman not falling asleep.
This wasn’t anything like I was expecting it to be and we all all that’s a great thing! I hadn’t realised this was an adaptation of a King novel, so here’s hoping the ending is better lol, once you learn this you automatically know this is not going to be an average read. There is a lot going on here and this is the debut issue and it has to set everything in motion, capture the readers’ attention and make them want to go further. This does that beautifully and so much more to boot. The butterfly and Eve in the opening is something that really catches you by surprise and leaves that mark upon so that you have to go further into the book.
The way that this is being told is really rather well done. The story & plot development we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is laid down exquisitely. The entire way that this is told with a lot of moving parts that need to be put into play is done with such aplomb. The character development is interesting because we don’t really get to see too much of any one character and the looks we do get while all too fleeting do what it needs to make them appear interesting for different reasons so that we want to come back and see if our first impressions are accurate or not. The pacing here is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists and turns along the way we see how everything works together to create the books ebb & flow.
The way this is structured and how we see the book keeps us in its gravitational pull as we journey through the book is utterly sensational to see. There is this beauty with a strong undercurrent of something not right waiting to burst free, much like the caterpillar from its cocoon.
The interiors here are beautifully done. The linework is exquisite and how we see the varying weights and techniques being utilised to bring about this level of attention to detail is sublime stuff. There is something about the linework and how we see everything that does evoke how the story feels to the reader. It takes the story and somehow magnifies the mood, tone and feel of the book. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show this utterly marvellous eye for storytelling. The colour work is beautifully rendered as well. Again there are these moments like seeing Eve in the green or the pool scene where we see such vividness and verve. The choice of colours, how we see the various hues and tones within them utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work is stunning.
This book is not what I was expecting in the slightest. What it is however is an enigma and how this will play out is anyone’s guess, except for Eve she seems to know. We are treated to this visually thrilling and epicaly worded story that comes out of nowhere to take you down the rabbit hole with Alice while eating those very special mushrooms. Either way if you want to take a walk on the weird side then let yourself go and take this trip it is well worth the time and effort spent trying to figure it all out alongside the rest of us.