Feb 22 2015
This review of Dead Letters #1 comes from Eventide writer, Kim Gaines.
Let me start by saying this isn’t the story you think it is.
A mysterious man wakes up in a dingy motel with no memory of who he is and finds that he is more than capable of kicking all kinds of ass. Where did you go? Jason Bourne? Stop. Right. There. This isn’t that story. And Sam isn’t that character.
The story leaps into action immediately, and it’s eye catching and engaging. You want to know what’s going on right now, and you’re flipping wildly through the pages curious about this world, and curious about this man. Sam’s narrative is wonderful. I have often seen personal narratives go so wrong, so fast, because the character’s voice is stale or uninteresting, or in many, many cases, just a really ugly shade of cliche.
Christopher Sebela avoids all of these mistakes with ease. Sam is direct and concise, analyzing his surroundings with ease, exploring what’s familiar and admitting what’s not. The best part? He’s almost annoyed. He has no idea what’s going on, where he is, or even who he is, and he has the gall to be clipped, sarcastic, and maintain this whole air of ‘I don’t have time this sh!t’ despite all the craziness around him. He’s a badass, and watching him be a badass is just fun. And who doesn’t love a cool, action comic that’s a good time?
The art is as outstanding as the writing. The lines, the colors, the tone, it all resembles the dream that Sam feels trapped in. It constantly fades into a foggy dream when Sam is unsure, and then slowly creeps back into a startling clarity whenever the forgotten part of himself shines through again. It’s beautiful and intriguing. Chris Visions did something amazing.
As much as I want to gush and tell you more, I can’t! The surprises and the twists are so awesome, you just have to experience yourself. I dig this story guys, and I think you will too.
Make sure you pick up Dead Letters #1 for FREE, courtesy of BOOM! Studios and Comixology!
About Kim Gaines:
Every once in awhile, I come up with a relatively cool idea, and I turn to these cool people to help me bring it to life. I started Grub Machine to tell the stories that I wanted to hear. And I was lucky enough that these amazing people wanted to hear them too. Works on: creating work that needs to be worked on.