Stop in the name of… something? (The Freeze #1 Advanced Comic Review)
Writer: Dan Wickline
Artist: Phillip Sevy
Letterer: Troy Peteri
All of the people in the world have frozen in place, except for a man named Rays Adams. Ray finds himself as the sole man in the world. He is understandably terrified at the idea, at least until he realizes that he can unfreeze people. Now the important thing is figuring out why all of this is happening.
This issue begins with an action sequence that leads into Ray telling us how this all started. He tells us about the day the world froze and how he found out he could unfreeze the people around him.
I am personally very intrigued by the premise of this series. Generally speaking when you have a story revolving around the last man in the world he’s usually forced to confront a very active threat. Think of the first season of the Walking Dead when Rick wakes up alone in a world full of zombies, or that old 1964 film the Last Man on Earth. In that film, Vincent Price’s character is the last man on earth and he’s forced to fight the rest of the population that’s been turned into these strange vampire-like creatures. In both of these stories, the apocalypse is brought about by an active threat to humanity.
In the Freeze though, the threat isn’t actively running around and taking out humans as it pleases. Here we have an “end of the world as we know” it scenario along with the last man on earth trope. Except, now the last man isn’t fighting monsters, he’s trying to solve a mystery. So, how do you create conflict in a story with no definitive enemy?
The answer to that seems to lie in who is the protagonist, Ray, chooses to wake up. Who he chooses to wake up can have a major impact on how he and his fellow survivors are going to make it through the situation they find themselves in. People react differently when faced with catastrophe and this issue does a good job of letting us know that ultimately the conflict is going to be between the people left standing. This is going to be a story about the people who are conscious during this crisis and how they choose to act and move forward with the situation they find themselves in.
When I was done reading this I honestly had a lot of questions. Which for me is a good thing? It means that I am actively thinking about what’s going on in the story and am invested in the mysteries it’s put in front of me.
As far as the art goes it was pretty good. Nothing about is super unique, but don’t get me wrong, it’s still good. It just doesn’t stand out all that much from all the other comics that are out there. Although, I do have to admit, that at one point I thought the art looked a little stiff. This bothered me until I realized that the characters were frozen. So, that was interesting and worked really well, but I’m not sure if it was intentional.
There is one thing that I have to talk about though and it’s not something I ever thought I’d appreciate in a comic. I really liked the lettering. “Look at how great that typography is” is definitely not something I ever thought I’d say. Where the art in this book didn’t stand out to me, the typeface did. I feel like most of the font you see in comics is very similar across different books. The font in this one is different and I really liked it.
Summary I really liked this and am having a hard time thinking of bad things to say about it. Even my criticism of the art isn’t much of criticism. This story is clearly right up my ally and I would definitely recommend giving this book a shot. It’s great if you’re interested in apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic stories, but different enough from other stories with similar setups to still be really intriguing.