A Thing Called Truth #1-2
The five-issue miniseries A Thing Called Truth promises to be a strangers-to-lovers road trip. It’s written by Iolanda Zanfardino (Midnight Radio) and illustrated by Elisa Romboli (Alice in Leatherland, also with Zanfardino).
In issue #1, we meet Dr. Magdalene Traumer, who has created world-changing medical technology that has been stolen from her. I felt for her. She’s sacrificed a lot — personal life, relationships, particularly — for her work, but she’s been impractical about it, which has allowed others to cut her out. Now she doesn’t know what to do other than get drunk.
Issue #2 shows us Dorian Wildfang, a woman on her own who’s lost her beloved brother to a genetic condition. In his memory, she’s on a road trip to reenact favorite movie scenes in great European cities. She steals the doctor’s car while she’s asleep in the back seat, setting up the “women on the road” premise.
If you’re a fan of opposites attract pairings, you should check this out, as we’ve got the short, dark, brainy, rich, insecure one and the tall, blonde, action-oriented, broke, reckless one. They’re both running from their past and looking to a new future, anything different from what they came from.
The art gives me a great sense of these characters, to the extent that it’s not noticeable on its own. Yet it’s full of details that build a more three-dimensional picture of settings and character. It’s a smooth read, a real page-turner to find out what happens next.
(The creator provided advance digital review copies.)