2011 seems slated to be a year of great creator owned comics as more big name talent turns their attention toward putting out their own work. Last month Ben McCool and Nikki Cook’s Memoir hit stands from Image comics and while this first issue delivers a standard amount of exposition and character introduction it also makes it quite clear Memoir is a book reader’s won’t soon forget.
Lowesville is a small mid-western town, quiet, quaint and the perfect setting for a mystery so unsettling no one seems to remember it. When the entire town awakes one day to find they’ve lost all recollection of who and where they are it is up to an intrepid outsider to get to the bottom of things. Things go from strange to stranger as more of the townsfolk are introduced and it becomes quite clear that there is more to Lowesville than it would appear.
The book itself is a bold throw back to the golden age of horror science fiction that stands on par with the very best of old televison programs like the twilight zone and the outer limits. Cook’s black and white renderings even give the story a more noir like feel providing readers with a gritty departure from a lot of her previous work. Combined with a masterfully woven tale of suspense from McCool Memoir is certainly pull-list worthy.
Memoir is the kind of series readers will definitely want to keep an eye on with enough twists and turns to satisfy thrill seekers while also keeping fans hungrey more. Don’t forget to check out McCool’s other image series Choker available for digital download right now.
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