Grim Vol. 1
In writing: Stephanie Phillips
Coloration: Rico Renzi
Characters: Tom Neapolitan
Editor: BOOM! studios
Publication date: January 2023
In Darkish we’re launched to demise by way of a automotive accident. A person wakes up within the snow after strolling by means of a guardrail and now has to face the belief that he did not have the expertise. Fortunately, there is a cool Reaper there to information him on his journey by means of the afterlife. Jessica Harrow, alongside together with her Reaper associates, carries the lifeless throughout the Styx River to affix the others within the ready room of purgatory. Written by Stephanie Phillips and drawn by Flaviano, Darkish offers with a central query about life (and the afterlife) – who am I?
Once we speak concerning the world of Darkish In an interview with Comic Book YetiStephanie stated, “I want to assume that DARK makes demise private, whether or not you are watching completely different souls react to achieve their ultimate vacation spot or studying about Jessica Harrow’s journey by means of the afterlife. When individuals die in Darkish they’re transported to the afterlife, guided by reapers. However Reapers are additionally souls who’ve died and have now taken on this activity within the afterlife. Bringing within the lifeless and serving to them cross, type of. There are numerous alternatives for this story. What’s it like working as a Reaper in a system the place even in demise you must work? Is it selfless? Is it a part of the grand design to earn your means someplace? Or repay what you might have achieved in life? Apparently, the Reapers do not bear in mind how they died. Jessica, together with her Reaper buddies Eddie and Marcel, at one level need to know. However the one one who can entry the recordsdata on how somebody died is demise itself, they usually’re gone.
In a means, dwelling, being human is making an attempt to determine who you’re and Why You’re. Some individuals discover solace within the nice programs of mythology and historical past round this topic, the pursuit of religion and data, and every part… and in Darkish, it doesn’t finish with demise. Jessica must know who she is and why bizarre issues are occurring to her solely her. Demise, which has not been seen by any reaper not too long ago, has left its scythe behind. No person can use it… however Jessica can. “DARK offers me the possibility to flex a brand new muscle and construct an entire mythology round demise whereas retaining the story very character pushed,” says Stephanie, in that very same Comedian E book Yeti interview. The world round Jessica and her sidekicks builds, second by second, as they’re drawn into deeper mysteries about who she is. The reader learns the principles of demise and what occurs when you’ll be able to break them. Or, what occurs when demise itself leaves behind a vacant throne and disappears.
There is a tremendous villain in Darkish referred to as The Finish. He is an incredible basic Thanosian character who slips into the story and will increase the strain with each passing problem. The ending is what you think about when somebody says grim reaper, however 100 toes tall and a scary dimension. The Finish is floating over everybody and gross sales the scales of life and demise. And The Finish is after Jessica as a result of she’s an imbalance within the system. She is aware of issues she should not. She’s gone locations nobody’s speculated to go, in a means, and for that she needs to be balanced. This type of looming, almighty menace will be fairly troublesome to tug off, however the workforce pulls it off.
What we’re beginning to see in Quantity 1, which turns into extra regular follow in later points, are stand-alone introductions to sure story parts. This occurs from the primary problem with the introduction of Jessica, and once more with an epilogue. However later points tackle standalone parts that slowly return to the principle characters, which I feel permits the themes and characters to breathe a bit extra. A few of the early points really feel like they do not have sufficient story parts (perhaps lacking a B or C storyline to fill the world and plot alongside the best way) or rush right into a second of suspense. I feel this was resolved in later points, however on the finish of quantity 1 there have been instances once I was forward of the characters in what was occurring which induced the climaxes to drop just a little flat.
Nevertheless, it is all made up for as, as we undergo points 4 and 5, the scenes get wild with motion and, crucially to Stephanie’s assertion earlier, character-driven parts. There is a second within the 4th problem the place Jessica saves somebody from being hit by a bus and time stands nonetheless, and the world turns gold, and what’s left is simply Jessica and the drunk girl that she was making an attempt to save lots of from being hit by a bus which is so effectively executed by Flaviano and colorist Rico Renzi. It looks like each problem, scene, and character that got here earlier than it fell into place. The glowing scythes, the world of purgatory and the limitless river Styx add to this second. It is incredible.
On the finish of the primary quantity, which collects points 1 to five, there are excessive stakes. It is time to face The Finish, and Jessica has discovered the individual and the place to do it. Grim Quantity 1 is now obtainable from BOOM! Studios, written by Stephanie Phillips, with artwork by Flaviano, colour by Rico Renzi, and lettering by Tom Neapolitan.
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