There’s nothing There reaches its gripping conclusion
Created by – Patrick Kindlon & Maria LLovet
Writer – Patrick Kindlon
Art – Maria LLovet
Letters – Jim Campbell
Publisher – Black Mask
‘There’s nothing There’ concludes with a thought provoking issue that opens the gates for discussion.
Patrick has written an interesting and divisive issue. Issue 5 has a lot of characters to develop and flesh- out remarkably it does a decent job at just that. Patrick does some great development of the protagonist and her companions. Reno’s character development has been subtle, which results in the development feeling forced and fake at times. This however, works within Patrick’s ingenious overall vision. This is because Patrick gives us a character that isn’t prejudged, resulting in the reader forming their own opinion about Reno.
The pacing for issue 5 is a little choppy as events and plot points seemed glossed over resulting in key info being lost. This is most evident with the organisation trying to stop this event. Patrick never dived into who they were and why they were there. This to me seemed like a missed opportunity to expand on the lore this series had created.
Patrick conclusion to ‘There’s nothing There’ is ambiguous in nature, which perfectly fits with the themes of this series. ‘There’s nothing There’ and Patrick do something major publishers have struggled to achieve in recent years. This is a series that talks about issue like, celebrity, entitlement and disposability however, Patrick does pretend to know the answers. Instead he presents us with ideas and questions to be talked about. This is a brilliant achievement and what makes this a must read for readers who want to be challenged.
Maria’s art divides opinions as their style is very stylised and in some instances, abstract. However, this style works brilliantly for a series like ‘There’s nothing There’ as it accompanies the abstract themes of the issue.
Maria does do a fantastic job with the character designs. ‘There’s nothing There’ has unique and individual character designs resulting in these character’s having their own identity. There is little detail in the line work, this isn’t an issue however, as Maria’s work is beautifully expressive.
Maria’s colors at first glance feel like a mess however, upon a closer look this is a brilliant use of tones and shades. There is a great use of warm and cool colors in issue 5 that subtly alter the tone and overall pace of the page/panel.
‘There’s nothing There’ issue 5 is an interesting read that has brilliantly stylistic art. This is not for everyone, something Patrick even acknowledges in a letter in the back of the issue. This series however, is for those who want to challenge their thinking and read a great psychological tale. I just wish there wasn’t so much white people bashing as it felt unnecessary within the narrative.