And Then Emily Was Gone #1 Review

A 5-part event, from Comix Tribe, AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #1 of 5 (MAY141251) is

created by award-winning creators John Lees (The Standard) and Iain Laurie (Horror Mountain)

and features variant covers by comic superstars Riley RossmoNick PitarraGarry Brown,

and more! The first issue is on stands now! Get yours today.



And then Emily was gone is a very odd tale, very very odd indeed. This book opens with a familiar

trope that has been played out in many other stories before. A downtrodden detective who is on the

down and is merely clinging onto life, wasting the rest of his days, his colleagues describe him as

mad because he believes he can “see monsters” and have written him off as having a serious

nervous breakdown. Until Fiona walks in and tells him a tale of Emily’s disappearance, only going

with her because since he has met her he stops seeing the monsters, they travel to desolate island

off the coast of Scotland to investigate Emily’s strange disappearance.

Even just this basic plot summary to give readers a taste of this book doesn’t really do the complex

plot justice, throughout issue 1 there are many twists and turns in this oppressive and creepy tale

setting up an intriguing story that leaves you feeling interested, yet truthfully scared at where this

take might go.

This in large part thanks to the art in this book. Whilst it isn’t to my taste, it is reminiscent of Shaky

Kane’s style on ‘Bulletproof Coffin’ yet the muted color palette gives an overall sense of oppression

and dread whilst reading this book. Characters are twisted and distorted, the clean shaven spandex

clad superheroes of old these are not, and some of the characters in this book look truly broken

twisted human beings. It fits the book perfectly and for this tale I could not imagine another art style

working for it. Even simple things such as the panels having wavy outlines or just being splashes of

color with no defined borders help evoke when a particular scene is meant to stick out. It all comes

together in a well told piece of sequential art.

And then Emily was gone in an interesting tale that will gain a cult following. If creepy, mystery

stories are your thing I highly recommend going out and picking the book up. Due to the distinctive

art style it may only find a niche following however, for those that do give it a try they will find a

story that grabs you and simply refuses to let go.


By Matt Deery

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