Review – Triage #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Written and Illustrated by: Phillip Sevy
Release Date: 4th September 2019

Waking in a strange place, Evie Pierce finds herself in the middle of a war alongside a superhero in neon Lycra and a battle-scarred resistance leader. Bound together by a mysterious woman and with no explanation of their task other than the fact that they must stay together, Evie and her companions find themselves journeying through dimensions with a murderous and powerful figure pursuing them.

Triage is an interesting concept but I’m not sure it’s one that has been delivered to its fullest potential. The individual components are okay, but as a whole it just doesn’t work for me. I think the first failing for me is that none of the protagonists are even remotely likeable. I know that a lot of comic characters are flawed and technically you shouldn’t like them but there’s usually at least one redeeming feature. Take John Constantine as an example; clearly a horrible man who regularly either screws over his friends or gets them killed, shrugs and carries on; but the man has charm and charisma in spades and generally he does the right thing… eventually.

I think you’re meant to feel sympathy for Evie as she gets suspended from her job but there isn’t enough character development to work out whether we should or not. Is she in the right or the wrong? Does she deserve it? Ms. Orbit is an irredeemably horrible person who reacts to poor people like they’re diseased. Commander Marco is a Sarah Conner-type resistance leader but without any compassion, sacrificing members of her team without a second thought or apparent emotion.

While it’s often easy to complain about a first issue being too heavy on exposition, I felt that there really just wasn’t enough in this one for me to decide whether I want to pick up the next issue or even where the story is headed. I know, we shouldn’t expect to have the whole plot laid out before us but I’m honestly not sure what’s happened in this issue never mind where Sevy is trying to take us.

Artistically, there doesn’t seem to be much consistency in the styles being used. I know that there are different universes being represented and reasonably we could expect a change in style or tone in each but it’s confusing when we get changes in style within the same scene. That being said, the artwork is actually pretty good. There’s a satisfying Lovecraftian feel to the alien imagery, especially in the grotesque landscapes, although there is a moment when the landscape seems to shift to a scene from The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, which is a little distracting.

I sort of get where Sevy is trying to go with this story but I’m not sure it’s coherent enough for me to make me want to pick up the next issue and continue the journey.

Rating: 2/5.


The writer of this piece was: Mark Scott
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