“Negative Space” #1 is weird and different, which’ll put some people off while at the same time deeply connecting with others. It almost felt like I was reading a Philip K. Dick novel at times. The brilliantly cerebral story paints a picture of a subtly horrifying dystopia. Corporations controlling people’s lives like giant puppet masters, ruling and influencing the world through staged events. It’s nightmare inducing stuff, that’s a little too close to reality.
WRITTEN BY: Ryan K Lindsay
ART BY: Owen Gieni
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: July 8, 2015
The protagonist, Guy Harris, is struggling with some serious writer’s block when we first meet him. Unbenounced to him his current inability to write has much farther reaching consequences than he could ever imagine. A mysterious organization are monitoring him and his current lack of creative output has thrown a bit of a wrench into their plans. Though they may be mysterious to us readers, they’re hardly shadowy as they’ve got a massive tower with their logo on it as a base.
This organization has enough power to do whatever they need to and they will exercise it to the fullest extent get what they want. That is bad news for the poor and unsuspecting Guy Harris, as they systematically break him down in an attempt to force his writer’s block away. Each fabricated scenario is more cruel than the last as Guy is put through the ringer. We slowly learn bits and pieces about the organization’s motives, although every answer only raises a plethora of questions.
Who’s behind this organization, what do they want, when/where does this story take place, why’s Guys writing so important and how’re they doing what they do? All these and many more are raised but not answered, at least not in a way that’s desirable right now. Don’t take this as a negative though, as it’s one of the book’s most appealing factors.
Intrigue is thick in Negative Space #1, the future of this book interests me greatly. It’s out there, way out there, and it’s not afraid to venture even further out.
Negative Space hits finer comic shops inJuly, but make sure to preorder the book now using code: MAY150012