Comic Review: Eve Stranger #1 (IDW)

From IDW comes Eve Stranger #1, the compelling story of a young woman who has lost her short term memory. But that’s not stopping Eve Stranger, who has tons of […]

From IDW comes Eve Stranger #1, the compelling story of a young woman who has lost her short term memory.

But that’s not stopping Eve Stranger, who has tons of loot, a gun and is running for her life.

This comic grabs you right off the bat. A great start to what appears to be a great series. It’s written by David Barnett, with artist Philip Bond and colourist Eva de la Cruz. The results are a compellingly-compiled mix of mayhem and play. The drawings are nicely exaggerated, with a pleasant combination of whimsy and wackiness. Great poses and expressions. The colouring is full spectrum, with an emphasis on candy-turquoise, yellow and red.

The story of Eve’s beginnings and her search for sense in her ‘snapshot’ world are so intuitive, so seamlessly handled that the first story is over before you know it, making you want more.

And more there is, and boy is it puzzling. Where the first story sets the foundation and the building blocks of who, what, when and where, the backup story in the first issue rips it all down. “Eve Stranger, Ace Reporter’, (“The Cat Who Got The Dream”) is again written by David Barnett, but illustrated by Liz Prince and coloured by Eva de la Cruz. Liz Prince’s style is markedly different from that of Philip Bond, with simplified line work and flat perspective. But it suits the ‘schoolyard’ feel of the story, so it is a cohesive match.

This four page continued tale brings us to a young Eve Stranger, a school aged aspiring journalist. It’s the same Eve Stranger. Or is it? There are elements of the first story embedded in the second story, unsettlingly enough.

Altogether, this comic takes risks, takes no prisoners and offers a wonderfully fresh and creative take on such serious themes as murder for hire and kidnapping… check it out!

IDW Black Crown imprint, Eve Stranger #1, $3.99 for 23 pages of content. Mature readers

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!