Publisher: IDW Publishing (Black Crown Imprint)
Writer: Tini Howard
Artwork: Nick Robles
Lettering: Aditya Bidikar
Release Date: 18th July 2018
Let’s talk about death. Is it an end or is it a beginning? You know what, we’ll never really know until we die, but Tini Howard and Nick Robles have an intriguing eulogy to tell, and you can explore it with Euthanauts, on sale this week from IDW Publishing.
What is Euthanauts, you may ask? Well IDW explains it like this: “Death is like outer space—a seemingly unknowable, terrifying blackness that yields beautiful discoveries and truths—if only you’ve got the right kind of rocketship. Thalia Rosewood has had a lifelong obsession with death, keeping her from living her life to the fullest. Mercy Wolfe has a brain tumor the size of a billiard ball, and a need for a new recruit before her next journey begins. Inigo Hanover is a reluctant tether to the world beyond, seeking to continue a cycle that exploration would halt. Go toward the light. Then go beyond. EUTHANAUTS.”
It’s useful to read this blurb, because the first time I read the comic to prepare for this review, I didn’t. And while there was some valuable exposition at the end of the issue, I was still confused about what the hell was happening. In my defence it was 1 am and I had been awake since 6 am the previous morning, but I wasn’t that addled. So, the following morning I tried again fresh with the info above, and things just fit better. Which is good because I dearly wanted to enjoy a story imbued with death positivity, which this certainly is.
Howard is building a really strong rep across a variety of titles like Assassinistas, Hack/Slash, Rick & Morty and Magdalena, to name but a few, and when she isn’t writing comics, she’s writing about comics in Teen Vogue dot com. Tini appears to be setting us off on an interesting journey here and has done just enough with this issue to make me want to read the next one. From there, who knows? Similarly, Robles knocks it out of the park when it comes to the art. I wasn’t aware of his work before this but I will be on the lookout for it from now.
We’re off to a good solid start here. I have my niggles, and needing to read the publishers blurb to get a foothold in the issue probably shouldn’t be a necessity. It’s something that I can see being rectified as the story unfolds, but that approach works for a trade paperback, not a single issue. It’s not Flatliners, (I’ve been waiting all review to say that) and it’s not What Dreams May Come, but Howard and Robles are creating their own intriguing Deathscape. A really healthy start that promises more.
The writer of this piece was: John Wallace
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