- Posted by Johanna on June 1, 2008 at 8:50 am
- Category: Graphic Novel Reviews
- CREDITS: written by Christopher Golden and Tom Sniegoski; art by Paul Azaceta
- PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios; $14.99 US
A fascinating concept — a plane full of people crashes into the ocean; a college professor mystically survives and is given the abilities of those who died in order to resolve their unfinished business — is a less satisfying read than it might be because there’s not enough space to resolve all the elements introduced.
With only four issues’ worth of material, everything’s barely established before the book ends, and much of the space we do have is taken up with standard thriller stuff: mysterious baddies sent to assassinate the survivor, random killings of characters introduced just to die, government conspiracy.
Too much is attempted, I fear. In addition to the above, the writers include a task force investigating terrorism, a quasi-religious secret decision-making council pulling strings behind the scenes, corrupt sports backers, and an angel guiding the survivor whenever the plot needs. The individual moments are good, sometimes great, as when a blasé group of recovery divers are surprised by finding a living survivor 12 hours after the plane went under water. And I really liked the short scenes where he dealt with the loved ones left behind by those whose memories he now possessed. But those moments got lost in the midst of the thriller trappings. This book reads like a TV show pitch (each episode he tackles a new group of memories while being hunted) instead of a real graphic novel.
As a minor quibble, the tight binding on the smaller collection combined with the text-heavy storytelling meant there were times when the dialogue disappeared into the spine. As extras, the book includes character sketches and the script to issue one.