Eleanor and the Egret #1 – Advance Review
Writer – John Layman
Art – Sam Kieth
Colors – Ronda Pattinson
Publisher – Aftershock Comics
Aftershock’s latest outing involves a detective, an art thief and an Egret. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, however, this is an interesting read.
John Layman has created an interesting if not confusing concept. He does an impressive job at laying the mysteries out by raising multiple questions.
The character introduction and development is well done. The protagonist Eleanor is a confusing character to understand. However, that’s part of her charm as who she is isn’t that straight forward. This I believe was John plan as other characters introduced seem to have a rich backstory ready to be explored.
The pacing of this issue is slow and give the impression that the first few issues will be that of a slow burn. However, the pacing is great as it gives a fluidity of the events that unfold.
The setting isn’t as straight forward as appears as if this story takes place in two different time periods at the same time. This does make for some confusion as to dialogue choice and scenes drawn by the artist.
The overall story is fine however; John doesn’t give enough information on the hooks for them to full sink in.
Sam Kieth does an amazing job on the art in this issue. The character designs make this comic stand out for the right reasons. The design also reflects the European setting of the comic. This give the characters more authenticity to their setting but it also gives the comic an overall European feel.
The stylistic architecture in this issue adds to the charm of Sam’s art and European feel. There aren’t many of these backgrounds, however the minimalism of them improves the story telling of the art.
There are no dynamic shots in this issue because they are not needed because of the dynamic panels. In every comic, there’s normally one or two unconventional panel but here unconventional is the new norm. These panels enhance the scene and visual appeal of the whole page.
The colors by Ronda Pattinson give the art a great watercolor effect that seems perfect for Sam’s art.
Eleanor and the Egret is an interesting read that tries to bring a lot of originality to it. Some of this works fantastically while other parts need some development before it works.