Fearscape #1

fearscape 1 cover

A glimpse at the caption boxes and you know this is a story that is rich and clever. Illustration in the painted inks is artful. The land of fears vs one completely ineffective imposter becomes irresistible. Click to read about this comic you must buy.

Fearscape #1
 (of four)
Written by Ryan O’Sullivan
Illustrated by Andrea Mutti
Colored by Vladimir Popov
Lettered by Andworld Design
Published by Vault

On the first page of Fearscape you will know you are in a conversation with a master manipulator and a liar. The reader is being taken for a ride.

O’Sullivan’s narrator is deceptive and constantly cheats the reader with double-talk and false innuendo! The story is a proper puzzle with a failed and hapless man as Henry Henry the self congratulatory anti-hero. In the face of Mutti’s intentionally foreboding art reveals the truth you suspect in every frame. Words of the narrator clash with the art every turn of the page.

fearscape 1 p16

Henry has fallen into a parallel world of symbolism reflecting the events of the real world. The only source of light in the story is the neutral muse that guides Henry on a Dante-like journey. He doesn’t seem to understand that he has stolen himself into another man’s, a better man’s role in fighting unpleasant events. Henry’s inadequacies could result in harm to others and possibly death for himself.

All the pieces of the finale are presented and so-called lanterns hang on each one, if you take my meaning.

I’m overpowered by this comic on the story alone. If this issue doesn’t hook you please let me know why in the comments.

I give it 4½ stars of 5.
Can Ryan keep it going?
Look for it at your local comic shop or go to Vault.
Lonnie Webb

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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