Aftershock Comics 2019
Created & Written by Mathew Klickstein
Illustrated by Evgeniy Bornyakov
Coloured by Lauren Affe
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Investigative reporter Lyla Wilton discovers the awful truth as to why the children on the island she’s been assigned to write about have brought her there. Will she help them with their devious plot...and does she even have a choice?
With each new issue that comes out Mathew delves further and further into the mouth of madness. One of the things that I really appreciate in this story is the fact that it takes that concept of kids being evil and brings it into this extremely modern setting. While we have no real idea how the kids got this way to begin with and how they have managed to take over the island and shut the adults down it doesn't matter all that much because what's done is done. No what is scary as hell is that these kids are so damn smart that they've been able to come up with a way to use modern technology and use that to their advantage. They are manipulating everyone at every step along the way in ways that the scariest thing of all.
The way that this is being told is beautifully done. The story & plot development in how we see the sequence of events unfold and how the reader is given information is expertly done. This is also non-traditional in the way we see things and I love that because we really do have to read the book and the story to follow along. There is no coasting or flipping through this you have to pay attention. The character development is fantastic and to see Lyla unable to maintain her cool or how we see Kad living his life his way on the island and the kids well at least Martina, have this really amazing attention given. The way we see the pacing bringing us these twists, turns and possibly a few revelations affects the ebb & flow in some unique ways.
There really is this weird thing happening here and Lyla she is like two different people throughout the entire book. Again this is her characterisation and it is important to see her going through what she does to try and understand this behaviour. She thought this was something of a fluff piece coming in and now she up to her tits in gin as it were. She has no real control over herself let alone anything else and there's a reference in this that sums up the reasoning she was chosen and it blew me away.
I've already said I am in love with Evginy and I still am because the boy can draw. His linework is so exquisite and the way he's able to utilise the varying weights to bring out the attention to detail is magnificent. His faces and facial expressions, the body language that we see, and just the overall aesthetic, or how good looking a character is, adds to the way we see, view and helps the characterisation in ways words alone cannot do. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show an amazing eye for storytelling. The composition we see inside the panels with how the backgrounds are utilised in showing depth perception, scale, size and scope it brings to the story is really impressive to me. The colour work is beautiful. The shading we see and how the various hues and tones are utilised in bringing them out is gorgeous. That bandage on Martina's head and the colour of it, whether it's legit or for show (the placement is off) that reds and browns are sensationally utilised.
I am always riveted to the page when reading this book. I have to turn off anything that might cause a distraction because I don't miss a thing. The way the story is being told, the way we see events happen and the cliffhanger ending that we see just make me shiver. This is why I love Aftershock Comics, this is why creators who need a place to tell their stories come to them. Also thank goodness for showcasing the artists out of North America and from other parts of the world. This puts the FUN back in reading is fundamental and damn if there were around when I was a kid school would've been a whole lot more interesting.