It’s nice when a comic book takes you by surprise. My initial reaction as I looked through the review-file for ‘Memory Collectors’ was that this is just a tailor-made-for-Goths book about demon-slaying chicks in fetish gear. I wouldn’t say I was proven entirely wrong , but I would say that this book is still pretty damned good!
‘Memory Collectors’ grabs you from the off with the art. Painted artwork is something I always love in comic books anyway, and Menton3’s visuals are absolutely sublime, with a dark, gothic feel. Colour-wise the pages are, for the most part, very subtle, but variations in the colour tones from page to page keep the book from looking bland, and occasional splashes of colour (mostly red) really jump at you when used.
Aside from looking awesome, Memory Collectors is a very well written piece of work. Menton3 actually uses prose pages to clue us in on the backstory. Not everyones cup of tea, but the writing is good enough that it doesn’t feel like a slog to get through. If the backstory had been told via sequential art and dialogue, this issue might have suffered for it, but having it presented in this way gives us everything we need to know in a concise and interesting first-person telling of events. We don’t see too much development of all the central characters, but there should hopefully be room for that in future issues, particularly if prose pages are again used to such good effect.
Memory Collectors #1 is a good start to a potentially great mini-series. The look and feel of the book may make it a little ‘niche’, but this is the second time in as many weeks that I have been pleasantly surprised by a genre I would normally not take too much interest in. Well worth a look.
The writer of this piece was: Alan Shields aka (Al)
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