COMIC REVIEW: Disconnected – Volume 1

Disconnected Vol. 1 is an anthology that includes creators that the editors of Disconnected Publishing believe that the comic industry will be talking about for years to come. The first volume focuses in on small town stories that rarely make the news. Setting the tone to an anthology is always very important and therefore often your first story can be integral to the success of the book or not.

The Ride by Lizzie (writer) and Conor (artist) Boyle does this perfectly. It is a short with a twist that you will not see coming. The writing and the artwork compliment each other well especially on the final panel of page two. Further the art and colours on page five are stylised beautifully adding an extra dimension to the work. One possible problem to the story is that it is possibly too subtle.

Disconnected cleverly follows The Ride with The Inspection, a story that is distinctive to look at as soon as you turn the page. I have long been a fan of black and white comics and believe that often a dash of one other colour really can make it stand out. The Inspection does exactly that, complimenting the black and white with red. The red makes the story look bold and demands your attention. There is a creepiness to the story that the red really adds to, making scenes seem quite menacing. One problem with the story was the willingness for certain characters to go along with what happened.

Lay on MacDuff starts by feeling like a homage to Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige. This is anything but a bad thing. As the story builds there seems to be something more horrific a foot. Yet it is Whisper that is a stand out story for the book.  An ingenious story, with good art and stunning colour it too literally jumps off the page. The book finishes with a bittersweet story, Therapy that gives the tone of the book.

Disconnected is an interesting collection of stories. Like any anthology there are some that are better than others but what the editors have done well here is to put two strong stories at the beginning and end of the anthology that will make the reader want to carry on with it and also will leave them with the bittersweet taste that this anthology is clearly aiming for. Every story does at least one thing that will make you want to go back and look at it again. With some clever stories and some beautiful art and inks on display, Disconnected’s claim that the future of comics is on display might be a foretelling rather than a claim. You can check out Disconnected here.

Rating: 4/5
Reporter: Luke Halsall

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