The Life After #1
Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Illustrated and Colored by Gabo
Lettered by Crank!
Cover by Gabo
Release Date: July 9, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99
When dullness of life seems ever-present, it becomes increasingly necessary to make a sudden change. In Oni Pressâ€™s newest ongoing series, The Life After, creator Joshua Hale Fialkov constructs a surreal existence for his protagonist, who finds himself caught in a constant flow of past, present, and future history — a reality of his own doing; or is it?
The beginning of the comic spans time and space through brilliant scene-to-scene transitions that exemplify the monotony of Judeâ€™s life to an outstanding measure. The repetitive current of living continues daily, everything our hero experiences always seems to be slightly off or second best; until he makes a conscious effort to walk off of the bus — inadvertently altering the course of his life.
As events begin to unfold, the panel transitions seamlessly switch back and forth between action-to-action and subject-to-subject, allowing for an interesting mixture of slow and fast-paced progression of plot — as well as showing that Jude, and all those he encounters, contain no control over their own circumstances.
Fialkov has presented an alluring concept with The Life After. Judeâ€™s narration, dialogue between characters, and overall plot blend together gracefully with Gaboâ€™s dreamlike, yet vibrant drawings.
The Life After #1 is an eerie and captivating beginning for what seems to be a series filled with mystery and awe-inspiring moments.