Review: Negative Space #2

ns2If you’re not going to read this review, go buy the first two issues of Negative Space. They’re both awesome.

Why? Well, for the answer read on!

Negative Space is one of those comics that is pretty simple on the surface of things. Centering around a writer named Guy Harris a man who wants to end his life, but he has a fairly major obstacle in front of him; a case of writer’s block when it comes to penning his suicide note. Looking for inspiration with his suicide note Guy takes a walk and stumbled into a terrifying conspiracy that has been dedicated to harvesting the depression of humanity, led by a corrupt corporation and the beings that feed on our emotions.

There are a lot of things to enjoy about this series; Owen Gieni line work is very detailed without being too distracting to the eye, and the flow to his layouts and the characters within is superb, but it’s his colouring work that really gives Negative Space the visual punch. Capturing an almost dream like quality, the coloured artwork gives an added texture that you can feel, which suits the nature of the story to an absolute T. When you look at Negative Space #2 strictly as a comic book, you’ll find a story that has elements of The Matrix combined with Monsters Inc. wrapped up in some gorgeously coloured art work that, although it may not be to everybody’s taste, couldn’t suit Ryan Lindsey‘s story any better. There is also a darkly funny undertone to this issue which came as a very pleasant surprise, given the premise of a comic about a man who is desperately trying to end his life, but the humour works.

Negative Space, is good.

This is a comic where the sum of its parts have created something that is a much greater whole. The way in which Lyndsey explores the effects emotions can have not only on ourselves, but on the people around us is very interesting to me. The potential of this series to really explore the impact of depression, happiness, and everything in between is vast, and with the stigma that mental health issues tend to have, anything that brings awareness to such an important issue is vital. The crushing depression that Guy is going through in this series, and that so many other people struggle with on a daily basis, is a persistent undertone here; always threatening to overwhelm our hero yet never fully over taking him, at least not yet.

Although there have only been two issues released so far, as a series Negative Space is proving to be a very interesting proposition; when read just as a comic it’s good – it’s really good, but when taken as an exploration of the effects of our emotions and the impact depression can have, it’s something else entirely.

Either way, Negative Space #2 is worth your time. Why aren’t you adding it to your pull list?

Writer: Ryan Lindsey Art: Owen Gieni
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided a FREE copy for review
Also posted on Graphic Policy.

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