Comic Review: The Me You Love In The Dark #1 (Image Comics)

An artist decides to rent a scary-looking house, looking for a new atmosphere in which to paint. Image Comics presents The Me You Love In The Dark #1. Skottie Young […]

An artist decides to rent a scary-looking house, looking for a new atmosphere in which to paint. Image Comics presents The Me You Love In The Dark #1.

Skottie Young writes this ‘twilight zone’ style story about Ro Meadows, the painter who is looking for inspiration. Her gallery is pestering her for new work, but the muse has not been present. She is troubled by the ongoing dry period, the blank canvas. And as for the new rental, it’s dark and mysterious. The setting is set, and we are waiting for the drama.

Unfortunately, while the visuals are delightfully moody (Jorge Corona with Jean-Francois Beaulieu on colours, letters by Nate Piekos), the story reads like a rough draft. It needs editing and tightening. When is something going to happen? The panels are big, the full page drawings are nicely captured, the minute-by-minute scenes well illustrated but unnecessarily elongated.

All the promise is there, but the lead-up is wayyy too long, the issue reads in mere minutes. The visuals are gorgeous but aren’t arresting us long enough, the run-on-scene setting is all run-out, and we could have summed up this issue in three pages. Let’s hope the second issue kicks in, the oil paint gets thrown further, the brush gets applied thicker, and we can all get the good scare instead of just being left alone in the dark.

There are also a few extra pages of previews of issue 2, a creator bio page, an extra title page, and an extra page with a drawing of candles on shelves and chairs.

Image, The Me You Love In The Dark #1, $3.99 for 24 pages of content.

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!!