Review – Midnight Society: The Black Lake #1
Story and Art: Drew Edward Johnson
Colors: Lizzy John
Letters: Steve Dutro
Cover: Drew Edward Johnson & Lizzy John
Monsters, mayhem, mysticism and SCIENCE! All of these rest within the pages of Midnight Society, a pulp comic embracing the supernatural fabled creatures of the world. The story from Drew Edward Johnson brings a deep blend of science and monster fiction to life, shrinking devices, flying packs and mystical monsters fill the world and the explorers around the globe are on the warpath to make their name in history while basking in the fame of society.
The story takes readers into the efforts of two such explorers, looking to find the answers to one fabled creature, knowing they risk toying with forces well beyond their control as they go on the pursuit. It’s a challenge of explorer curiosity and responsibility, are findings simply for educational use or something to tag and exploit as a trophy? Where are the lines and limits to a frontier as new as this or is it simply a case of wild freedom.
Johnson pursues these questions while spinning a world deep in pulp themes, from the language to the setting, it’s a complete throwback while embracing some alternative history freedoms where old-time science fiction comes to life and mystical arts are alive and well when need be. Johnson sets Matilda Finn on her mission to find and save the lives of those lost within The Black Lake and gives her challenges that will place her into her toughest situations of her career as a secret agent so far.
Lizzy John and Drew Edward Johnson do well as a duo in this book, bouncing off each other through the pages with detailed illustrations and intense color selections to help sell the emotion of each panel, going from drab darkness to vivid moments of fight or flight that capture the eye. Johnson delivers a heavy amount of detail with characters and creatures alike, allowing each page to read with even more detail than the dialogue itself as eyes and body gesture speak volumes in each panel.
Overall Midnight Society: The Black Lake is a welcome addition into the Dark Horse line-up, it certainly shows promise early on with upcoming installments sure to help show mysteries about Matilda and her employers.
Release Date: June 10, 2015
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