Writers: Ryan K. Lindsay
Artist: Owen Gieni
They’re watching you
After reading the premise to the story awhile back, I couldn’t wait to read Negative Space. The story’s focus is on Guy Harris, a writer who is struck with writer’s block while composing his own suicide note. Unbeknownst to him something is using this to take advantage of him.
Before I give my review I want to talk about the cover art of the book. It doesn’t tell you much but conveys that something evil is behind all this. Especially if it has rows of teeth. The main character is having the worst day of his life. I’ve had days like that, even now typing up this review, I don’t know what I want to say. Over the course of the story, we learn that the corporation known as “Kindred,” harvests human emotions. They love their work and keep the pressure on Guy to finish the suicide note. The story has a Truman show feel to it, with his life under surveillance by Kindred. You don’t know what’s going to happen since they control what happens to him. You feel bad for Guy, that this happening to him, but he’s not alone. I didn’t find anything critical to say about the story or the characters. After a big reveal, the ending leaves you wanting more.
The art helps with the tone of the issue and keeps you engaged the whole time. From the cover art to the first page of seeing Guy sitting in his chair, you’re thrust into the world he lives in. Even without words, the art guides you along through each panel. The characters are deftly drawn and seeing Guy go through the story creates a deep sense of melancholy. I did note that one of the characters was wearing suspenders but in one panel the strap in the back is missing. It was a minor flaw but noticeable. Owen Gweni did an expert job conveying the darker tones of color that adds to the depressed angle of the storyline.
The team of Ryan K. Lindsay and Owen Gweni did an amazing job on constructing a great issue. The story and artwork go hand in hand with each other. After the reveal at the end of the issue, I can’t wait to see how the next issue lays out.
4.5 out of 5 Kindreds