Review – Midnight Vista #1
Midnight Vista #1
Writer: Eliot Rahal
Artist: Clara Meath
Colorist: Mark Englert
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Aftershock’s latest title deals with alien abduction and some of this topic’s familiar tropes. The story centers around Oliver, a young kid who is abducted along with his father by aliens. Many years later, an older Oliver, naked and confused, is wandering the streets, trying to make sense of everything. Eliot Rahal’s story of abduction doesn’t shy away from any of the crazy stuff. There’s some pretty graphic pages of experimentation by the aliens on poor Oliver that’s sure to stick with you for a bit. So many of these stories deal with the situation leading up to something like this but Midnight Vista appears to tackle the story of what happens after you come back from such a gruesome ordeal.
This is my first experience with seeing Clara Meath on art. She was given the task of drawing some rather creepy stuff and totally nails it. Seriously, Oliver’s experimentation scene will stay in my head for a long time and the visuals are, for a lack of a better term, out of this world. Clara’s art style totally works on this type of story. Great stuff all around. The color palette was great so kudos to colorist Mark Englert, who sets the mood so well in many of the pages. Letterer Taylor Esposito puts a great finishing touch on everything.
Overall, the story seems to play with some familiar tropes, like the above-mentioned experimentation and odd men in black that are seemingly from government agencies. It’s put together in a way that makes it feel wholly original and serves as another great example of comic storytelling being something more than just superheroes. All together, Midnight Vista is an interesting first issue full of a bit of heartbreak with a whole lot of the unexpected. With this being a good first issue that properly introduces us to the characters and the setting, Midnight Vista is definitely a story to stay for the rest of.