I met these guys at New York Comic Con and the book sounded very interesting. The basic idea is that in the future a man, George Baker, invents Cyber-Eyes. These eyes allow you to zoom, see clearly, record and do lots of other things. 43% of the world’s population ends up getting them. The problem is that over a later people with the eyes start seeing things, weird little creatures.
That’s the basic idea, with emphasis on basic. There is so much more going on in this book. Right from the first page it’s obvious that there is a deeper story then just the cyber-eyes alone. It could have easily been overload, too much that the story loses it’s cohesion and becomes jumbled. It happens to alot of books when they try to throw too many elements into the story. In this case the story by Isenberg and Mertz is strong enough that it maintains it’s cohesion.
The writing team does such a good job that having a robot daughter doesn’t seem out of the ordinary. A superhuman building stone henge, little green worm monsters, robotic daughters and a hidden city all end up working together. All these different elements that could easily overwhelm the story don’t. They only help strengthen it.
The dialogue is strong and the story has a good pace to it. Emma’s swearing seems a bit out of place from a woman of her standing in the community and that they don’t scold their “teenage” robotic daughter for swearing also seems a bit odd. But aside from that, the rest of the story is very strong and I can’t wait to see more.
It’s obvious the team has a larger overall story planned and they’re laying out the pieces in an interesting way.
The art by Lapham is very solid. The characters all look distinctive. He’s got a good grasp of storytelling and anatomy. The details are nice and he has a good handle on perspective. I like how he draws the robotic daughter, giving her a very human like look but keeping a strong robotic element.
First Law Of Mad Science #1 receives
4.5 out of 5
You can read a preview of the book here.