Review – Negative Space #4 (of 4) (Dark Horse)


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Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Ryan K. Lindsay
Artist: Owen Gieni
Release Date: 13th April 2016

I was interested to see what issue 4 would bring to the table. The climax of issue 3 seemed to be just that – the ending – and I wasn’t sure how the story could go on to finish in a satisfactory way. However, if there is one thing that I didn’t take into account, it’s the fact that this tale has been nothing sort of exceptional in every issue so far. I should have trusted that the ending would be a fitting conclusion to this wonderful mini series.

Guy, as promised, is at the Kindred headquarters, he has made a vow to put a stop to what this company does once and for all. However, there is a problem; the Evorah are not as dead as we had believed and the only solution seems to be to join forces with the Kindred. They have a final solution (of sorts) and they need Guy’s help to work it – but there is a cost, a sacrifice that Guy will ultimately have to agree to for this plan to succeed.

Ryan K Lindsay’s script has been very emotional, moving from tragedy to redemption throughout, and the final part of this story is a conundrum. I say that because the end of Negative Space turns out to be BOTH a tragedy and a redemption – of sorts. It’s the kind of story telling that used to give me a headache discussing in English class, as it could be passionately debated from both angles. Guy finally finds his place in the world, he gets the one thing he has needed since the start of the story; a purpose. However, the price attached to that purpose will exact an awful and ongoing toll on Guy, but it’s a cost that morally he has to accept so that his struggle can be both concluded and renewed. It’s a beautifully sad decision that the reader makes with Guy, and powerful writing.

Owen Gieni’s art has been exceptional throughout Negative Space and I’ll definitely be looking out for his name from now on. The care and detail that is taken in drawing the characters in this book adds to the power of emotion that is a running theme to this series. The layout and panel backgrounds are fantastically drawn and designed, none more so than the beautifully simple room where Guy has to take his make-or-break decision. It’s gripping.

Negative Space is a wonderful read, especially if you are looking for something a bit different from the norm. It’s a truly bizarre story that I would have loved to have seen the pitch for, but the final result has been crafted with so much care and attention that something quite unique has been created here. At only four issues long I can concur that the star that burns twice as bright has indeed burned for half as long in this case, but the emotional resonance between Gieni’s lines and colors and Lyndsay’s writing make Negative Space an unstoppable tour de force that must be both read and experienced.

Rating: 5/5.

The writer of this piece was: Andrew McGlinn
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