Aftershock Comics 2018
Story by Aidan & Adam Glass
Written by Adam Glass
Illustrated by Diego Yapur
Coloured by DC Alonso
Lettered by Sal Cipriano
Short on time and experience Nick has no choice but to battle the monsters head on and save not only the city but the Lollipop Kids, too. Nick is the last man standing between the end of the world as we know it and being the hero he never asked to be. Can he succeed? Nick has an ace up his sleeve that might be just what he needs to win the day. His DYSLEXIA.
Oh I am sorry that this is the last issue in this arc. Adam has this way of drawing you into his series’ and then it’s over and we have to wait to see if there will be another arc. I would damn him for this if writing weren’t so extraordinarily good. This could easily take it’s place alongside the Rough Riders in terms of quality and likeability. Now I know everyone wants to work at the so-called two but ya know what these creator-owned smaller press books are so much better to me. There is a freedom that you don’t get with corporate mandates and such which allows for truly magnificent storytelling.
One of the things that I have been loving about this story is how we are being shown that Dyslexia isn’t a handicap or something to be ashamed of having. Heck even Nick’s own sister thought that as she shielded him from the Lollipop Kids during her tenure with them. There are other issues with these two but that’s another story for another time I suppose. Still the characterisation here are bloody brilliant as we have the pleasure to see Nick grow into his own and prove to the others that there is more to him than meets the eye and they should take him more seriously.
The way this is structured is beautifully done as we get to see the story’s ebb & flow through its pages. There is a great balance between the story of the characters, the stories throughout history and the battle with the monsters and while it has this a natural feel to it that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t also feel like some perfectly orchestrated ballet. With Adam’s experience I think this comes more naturally to him as he writes it becomes this expression of the characters as well as himself.
Oh Diego and the way the man is capable of bringing life to the page. His work with DC here has been nothing short of brilliant and masterful. Between the two of them their depiction of the kids mixed parentage comes across with such grace and beauty that I am constantly in awe of just how damn talented they are. The attention to detail is bloody marvellous to see and everything from the colour gradation to the freckles all of it has this elegance to it that you can’t wrest your eyes from. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show this masterful eye for storytelling. The way that backgrounds are utilised here to bring the world to life, to expand the moments and bring us a size and scope to their world is spectacular to see.
I like the way that this ended and then the cliffhanger ending behind that yeah this is classic stuff. Also it does say hey I have another arc available that I am hoping to get to, time and demand provided. The story & plot development along with the pacing and the characterisation here are exceptional and add in this level and quality of interior artwork and you have every single reason why Aftershock is home to today’s hottest talent and stories.