Comic Review: The Life After #1

The Life After #1
Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Illustrated and Colored by Gabo
Lettered by Crank!
Cover by Gabo
Oni Press
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 Press’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 Jude’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. Jude’s narration, dialogue between characters, and overall plot blend together gracefully with Gabo‘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.

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