Just when I think I have “Bodies” figured out, a series of plot developments keep me more than guessing, I’m scratching my head raw. But it’s compelling, and almost impossibly intricate, and within that I find myself transfixed. I need to get to the bottom of this.
WRITTEN BY: Si Spencer
ART BY: 1890 Dean Ormston, 1940 Phil Winslade, 2050 Tula Lotay, 2014 Meghan Hetrick
PUBLISHER: Vertigo Comics
RELEASE: October 22, 2014
You’ve got to hand it to Si Spencer. The man knows how to craft a tightly woven mystery, in fact, he knows how to craft four of them. If these stories do start tying into one another as much as it’s alluded to, then I’ll eat my hat. Except I don’t wear a hat, so I have nothing to worry about. Really, though this month the mystery spirals in new and interesting directions that tie threads from the different time periods together in really unexpected ways.
After last month, I figured I knew where things are going, and after this month I conclude I have no idea. Except that I think I might be reasoning far too much about the small details Spencer peppers into the plot. Each timeline is very distinct but has hints of the same troubles going on.
What’s most impressive is how seamless Spencer can slide into the linguistics of the given timeframe. He has no problem inserting slang from any of the periods he’s detailing, and even works to create his own in the future timeline. Color me impressed.
The art in this book is a literal tour de force. There is something genuinely unsettling about Dean Ormston’s work. The color defines it in such a subtle way that I can’t quite resist getting lost in the small splashes of orange on the page. While Tula Lotay proves she can do some incredibly heavy lifting of her own. One of her pages here is so overwhelmingly layered I had to put down the book and take a breather. She masterfully creates a world without reference but makes it familiar all the same. It’s no easy feat, but she makes it look that way.
Meghan Hetrick really sticks out this month, if only for her concluding chapter of the storyline being so important. She handles the casual tone of her scene with relative ease, but breaks into action so quickly that it’ll take you back.
The final revelation in 2014, will leave you scratching your head, but I think that’s a good thing. I feel like an active participant in the story, and that doesn’t really happen often in comics. I have this lust to figure out what the hell is going on, but I have to wait a month for any more clarity on the matter. I suppose for the time being I’ll just pine over these first four issues.