There’s Nothing There – How ’bout a heads up?!
WRITER: Patrick Kindlon
ART: Maria Llovet
LETTERS: Jim Campbell
COVERS: Maria Llovet, Alexis Zirit, Tyler Boss
Well, how about that? Reading comics all these years, and a book takes me by complete surprise! Only thing, There’s Nothing There wasn’t what one might suspect. I do many of my reviews through a personal computer, I can only imagine the questions, if a little one happen to see the start of this book. Now, imagine if I opened this book at work? In a public area? With that aside, following the main character through this story is quite a fascinating story. I imagine based strictly on my age, that this wasn’t written for me, yet I still was able to connect with the free spirit of the main character. While we may not all be socialites, we do all admire the attention and fame that goes with it.
Millennials, they’ll probably get this book better than I will, as this seems more up their ally. Not saying I didn’t enjoy this story, but I think the author knew the audience he was going for. With the massive popularity of the Kardashians over the years (maybe not so much now), and just how popular reality TV has become, having a comic book centralized around one of those types of socialites is a good idea. Living the life of someone who is massively popular, massively rich, and everyone wants to be just like them. Now, what if one of these “stars” starts seeing things that shouldn’t be there? Think “I see dead people”, in comic form. The road our socialite goes down is true to form, yet when she starts seeing things, the people start thinking that she could be going crazy.
Artistically speaking, this (for me) leaves a little to be desired. Shadows are proper, colors are too, yet there just isn’t the detail that I would want. In places, it’s promising, yet in others, it lacks. 6-7 panels per page, except the two pages that have 20 panels, each are consistent. Facial expressions aren’t limited, as there are a variety, and done well. Maybe it’s just the style, but I am not a huge fan. No knocks on the artist, as Maria does what she does and does it well.
I only get to see just the main cover, completed by Maria Llovet, and it conveys the message the book is pushing. Eyes in the background show the eeriness that will be dealt with inside the story. A simple image of our main character. Inside lettering is on point. Story was easy to follow along with, colored and blocked context for indirect conversations. Use of subtle color change to show whispers.
Minus the heads up, I enjoyed this book. A strong warning for those that plan on reading this, There’s Nothing There isn’t PG-13, it’s a little stronger. Be aware of your surroundings, as I would hate to see anyone open this book up at work, and get into any type of trouble. Beyond that, enjoy!
SUGGESTION: There’s Nothing There is a toss up. It’s indy to the core, but not in the realm I normally enjoy. While I can not suggest to put it on your pull list, I will say I will attempt to read another story, to get a better feel, then I possibly could make a better suggestion. I’ll leave this to you, the reader. It’s worth a pick up, so read it and make your decision. I’d love to hear your thoughts, please leave a reply!