Story By: Jeremy Hauck
Art By: Ellis Ray III
Colors By: Sean Callahan
Turner Lane wakes up from a nightmare with a burning question on his mind, “What’s Wrong?” The problem is that Turner was born into a world where humans have tried to evolve past free thought and share a hive-mind mentality thanks to micro-chips implanted in brains of every living human.Thus removing the need to even ask questions, as the answers are downloaded into your thoughts before you can even ask. Turner discovers upon awakening that he is in an unknown part of the city. He has been disconnected from A.T.O.M., (Access To an Omnicient Mankind) and is now on the run from a group of Clockwork Orange, masked wannabes, who are threatening to kill the teen for “them”. (It’s hinted that “them” and “they” are the builders of A.T.O.M.)
Turner’s would be pursuers are quickly dispatched by a shotgun wielding would-be hero named Webb. Webb gives us a little bit of backstory before ordering Turner to literally run for the hills. Turner slips away as Webb is left facing off with a horde of masked men.
It’s hard to rip on a Kickstarter funded comic. The creative team has pulled themselves up out of obscurity to fulfill their dream of making a comic, they got their funds, and they followed through. Only a real butthole would tear apart this book…well I guess I’m a butthole, because I’m not going to shy away from pointing out the weaknesses of this comic, just like I would any other title.
The premise of the book is strong, there are shades of the already mentioned Clockwork Orange, sprinkled with a little Logan’s Run, and just a touch of Blade Runner. Sadly the book doesn’t even come close to cracking into any new territory. These are familiar troupes of the outsider running from the brain washed masses. (Village of the Damned, Pod people…etc) It’s just dressed in a new technological coat of paint.
The Dialogue is so sparse in parts that you’re treated to a character uttering three words together before getting interrupted with someone else’s utterance. This is an introductory tale into a brand new world, where these yet-to-be-known characters have to establish strong personalities in order to stick with the reader. The characters come off as paper-thin, with no heart.
The art is sub-par. (I hate writing that, because I can imagine how hard this team worked to create this) There are too many panels with static and bland backgrounds, leaving the story stale. There are issues with anatomy and poses throughout, and while I see that the artist was trying to go for an anime flavored style, he fails on numerous attempts, leaving panels looking unfinished.The double page splash is the only saving grace here.
Fans may get angry at me for taking down a Kickstarter project this hard, but I want to remind the readers out there that this title is hoping to sit on comic shop shelves along side Action Comics and Wolverine one day. If the creative team is reading this, then take this lesson to heart. Go back to the drawing board, do it again, and do it better. Make this book so good that I want to reach for it before I reach for anything else on the shelves. Until then, I can not, in good faith, give this book a score any higher than 1 star.