Monday, August 25, 2014

Complex Vol. 1: Ways of Life

Author:  Michael Malkin

Artist:  Kay

Publisher:  Alterna Comics

First Publication:  May, 2013

Source:  Comixology

Graphic Novel Challenge #36

Summary from Amazon:  Welcome to Towne. From the outside, Towne appears to be just a normal suburban village, however, that is simply a veneer. In Towne there are two factions, a group of scientists working behind the scenes and another that appear to be the guinea pigs for their experiments. What is their ultimate goal and who's behind it all? Welcome to the neighborhood, we hope you enjoy your stay.

Once in a while, you see the cover to a comic you never heard of before.  Sometimes it turns out that the cover is great but the insides…not so much.  This is not such a case.  I did not see any advance reviews of “Ways of Life” but the cover caught my eye.  I bought and read the first issue then was hooked for the rest of the book.  It is best described as a mixture of three different stories from different mediums.  First I thought of the old television series “The Prisoner”.  Next I was reminded of “The X-Files”.  And the other story it seemed inspired by was “The Santaroga Barrier” by Frank Herbert.  Mix it all together and you have a very interesting suspenseful story.  I could not read it fast enough.

The story is one that is best experienced, not described.  The writer has a bright future ahead of him.

The art is decent independent art.  The black and white art helps create the atmosphere without overwhelming the story.

Highly recommended.

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