Gail Williams joins the new blue man group...
Ecological disaster doesn’t only loom in this offering, it’s stormed out of the shallows, shown itself and coshed humanity over the head till nearly dead.
We enter the action as two blue bodied humans, one male, one female stumble out of the water. As they collapse on the beach we start to see the unusual corals and animals that surround the island. Shauna and her companion go to see who they are. This is an isolated island that contains only those immune to the ‘sea-sickness’ that has devastated humanity. These survivors can’t leave the island because any ship that ventures out disappears, dragged down by the new forms of aquatic life which have emerged.
Cut to a funeral, that turns out to be more of a memorial since there are no bodies in the caskets, this in turn shows some of the new religion that has grown up.
The water blue two are identified as people who have come from the island, Shauna’s ex-, presumed late, boyfriend Ryan; the other is a scientist, Megumi. Megumi asks for another member of the community by name, Mary. Mary knows Megumi well enough and reveals how she saved her life when the sea-sickness was plaguing the world.
Shauna, Ryan and Megumi have been put in quarantine, so that is where Mary joins then. Then the back story is revealed. All starts ‘normal’ then there is a oil spill and Megumi is part of the clean up team with her boyfriend Erik. What happens with Erik is truly interesting to see/read, but I won't spoil the story here.
The artwork is good, but not great (by now readers of my reviews should have spotted that it’s got to be extra special before I’ll call anything great). What is really well done here are the inhuman drawings, I particularly love the original coral that Erik takes us into.
What’s more I am utterly intrigued by the hints of what comes next. I will be looking out for the issue two, and that to me is the mark of a good comic. So for me, this is a four out of five, a good four out of five.
Surface Tension #1 is released May 27th. Check out some amazing advance art and cover variants here.
Gail Williams lives in her own private dungeon populated with all the weird and
the wonderful she can imagine. Some of it’s very weird, and the odd bits
and pieces are a bit wonderful. Well okay, she lives in Swansea with
her husband and daughter. And the world’s most demanding cat. To find
out more about Gail, check out www.gailbwilliams.co.uk - Dare you!