Writer: Clay McLeod Chapman
Artists: Jakub Rebelka & Patricio Delpeche
In issue one of the new 6-issue sci-fi book, Origins, from Boom Studios, little was revealed but much was promised. Issue two followed through with the promise but left even more questioned unanswered. Much like the first issue, writer Clay McLeod Chapman, illustrator Jakub Rebelka, and colorist Patricio Delpeche come together to present a piece of a story that begs to be read on paper. The story is captivating and the art is unrivaled.
Going into the first issue you may not know much about the world. By the end of it, you feel like you know a lot but have no idea where the series is headed. Issue two is very similar but to a lesser extent. I still can’t say if this is going to be an action series or an adventure series but I’m on board either way. Chapman is doing a stellar job at giving the reader what they want with a little delay while revealing new unknowns to look forward to. The execution of the storytelling is also quite the treat. He feeds the reader important information without telling them it’s important or even that it is new information. The reader gets to put things together before it is revealed, making for a wonderfully engaging experience.
What Chapman does for the narrative, Rebelka and Delpeche do for the imagery. The watercolored style implies the decay of the world in a subtle way. The bright and drastic changing of colors convey an emotion that would be hard to express in a dialogue box. These two play off each other incredibly well; their work is both so perfectly imperfect. This style seems to have become the house style of Boom Studios – Dell’Edera and Muerto are doing a very similar style in Something Is Killing The Children. Either way, I hope they keep it up, I cannot get enough of it.
Since this series is only six issues long, I would not fault anyone for waiting to read the trade of it. I do, however, hope most go ahead and pick up the first two issues because it deserves the attention. It is a well-written book that keeps the reader to be highly engaged throughout. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next issue!
Gorgeous book that keeps the reader to be highly engaged throughout.