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"They feed on your fear!

 

When one man’s writer’s block gets in the way of his suicide note, he goes for a walk to clear his head and soon uncovers a century-old conspiracy dedicated to creating and mining the worst lows of human desperation."

 

 

 

This intriguing and offbeat book has been created by the author and artist responsible for the Vertigo Quarterly CMYK (Lindsay) and Shutter (Gieni). The book begins with the main protagonist, Guy, attempting to write his suicide note. When he suffers from writer's block he decides to take a walk in an attempt to clear his head and foster some inspiration. However, it soon comes very apparent that there are darker forces at work and a shadowy corporation, who go by the name of Kindred, have a vested interest in Guy's ultimate destination and potentially the direction of society as a whole.

Writer: Ryan K Lindsay

Art: Owen Gieni

Cover: Owen Gieni

Published: 8th July 2015

Publisher: Dark Horse

Price: £2.80 ($3.99)

Negative Space - Issue 1 Review

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The book feels like blend of ‘1984’ and a very sinister 'The Truman Show'. There are some very touching moments in this comic, especially between Guy and the local barrista and supposed friend, Woody, and the mix of the character study of someone suffering with a mental illness and dystopian thriller fit together brilliantly.

 

This first issue loves to play with any preconceived ideas the reader may have based on the opening page(s) and by the time you have finished the inaugural issue you will find yourself questioning what you have just read. In addition, the final panel simultaneously leaves one scratching their head and gagging for more.

 

The uniqueness, detail and sumptuous nature of Gieni’s art make every page and panel leap out. While his 'painted' style may contain small nods to some of the great artists who have contributed to Dredd/2000AD over the years, it is great to read a book with such a unique art style. Furthermore, it’s worth noting that Gieni was also the colourist on the other recent excellent Dark Horse release, Harrow County.

 

Strange, intriguing and beautiful.  Negative Space is definitely one to keep an eye on.

 

Score:

 

Story - 9.2

Art - 9.2

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