Writer: Michael Moreci
Art: Kyle Charles, Matt Battaglia
Release Date: 27th April 2016
If you thought the first issue of Roche Limit: Monadic offered up a series of bewildering questions, believe me, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Writer Michael Moreci continues to toy with our preconceptions here in part two, throwing us into a weirdly distorted version of reality and only giving us the briefest of glimpses behind the curtain at what’s really going on. Like the main characters themselves, we know that something isn’t quite right about what we’re seeing, but just like them, we’re pretty much powerless to do anything about it for the time being.
With Alex seeking out the Black Tower, Sasha trying to overcome her fear of unknown waters and the ominous return of an all-too-familiar threat, there are a lot of different plates to be kept spinning in this issue, but once again Moreci manages to keep everything moving smoothly forward with apart ease, drip-feeding us information and keeping our minds racing throughout.
It’s all wonderfully abstract for the time being, with more than a hint of The Matrix as our main characters are each gradually being ‘woken up’ to the reality of their surroundings. Once again, it’s probably worth mentioning that Moreci’s decidedly unconventional style of storytelling won’t necessarily appeal to every reader, but again, if you’ve made it this far into the existential nuances of Roche Limit, it’s a safe bet that you’re already a fan.
After a relatively sedate opening issue, artist Kyle Charles returns to the same frantic, scratchy aesthetic that made Clandestiny such a visual delight. While it’s not perhaps as polished as his work on the first chapter, it first perfectly alongside the abrupt shift in both tone and pace, and the powerful kineticism of some of his panels here really helps to underscore several of Moreci’s important storyline beats. Once again, Matt Battaglia’s colours only help to enhance this overall effect, shifting palettes as we flit from character to character. In fact, one of the most impactful panels of the entire issue is all Battaglia – a simple flash of magenta which works perfectly as an unwelcome conclusion to a brief yet frenetic motorbike chase.
To this point, Monadic is shaping up like a wonderful amalgamation of Anomalous and Clandestiny, possessing the intriguing street-level noir of the former alongside the frantic action of the latter. And while it’s still offering up a lot more questions than answers to this point, I’m actually rather enjoying the mystery of it all, with these first two issues leaving me feeling like I’m right there alongside the lead characters as they struggle to tear down the walls of their false reality. Once again, I can’t recommend this series highly enough, providing you’re willing to let Moreci’s existential sci-fi masterclass expand your mind just a little.
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If you want to find out more about ROCHE LIMIT: MONADIC, make sure to check out our interview with creators Michael Moreci and Kyle Charles by CLICKING HERE.