The GeeksverseMemorial #1 & #2

Memorial #1 & #2
Published on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 by

Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Chris Roberson
Art by: Rich Ellis
Colored by: Grace Allison
Lettered by: Robbie Robbins
Cover Art: A- Michael WM Kaluta; B- Rich Ellis
Editor: Mariah Huehner & Ted Adams

I missed Memorial #1 when it came out last month, but picked it up to go along with #2, so we have a rare two issue review.

When I first heard about Memorial I was very interested. And after reading the first couple of issues, I wasn’t disappointed. Roberson has been a decent writer, in what I’ve read of his. The lone exception was Superman, but that can’t be entirely blamed on him. I enjoy his Fables work and when I heard he was doing a fairy-tale-like story, I was intrigued.

This has all the makings of a classic. There’s magical lands, mysteries and interesting and unique characters. The story moves at a quick pace, leaving poor Em not knowing exactly what is going on, much as the reader. Issue #2 fills in some gaps and we can began to fill in the mystery.

I may be totally off base, but I’m wondering which sister Em will end up being.

A good fairy tale has a sense of adventure and wonder. Memorial has both. Roberson and Ellis have created something interesting, fun and lasting.

Roberson doesn’t waste any time. We see both sides, the world and the Everglades. Unlike most mysteries, where they don’t reveal much this early on, Roberson goes against the grain. He gives us alot of the pieces but not the connections. We learn what the shop is, what happened to the other lands, what the key is and does. But we don’t know how it’s all connected.

And that’s the strength of this series. The sense of wonder, as Em discovers something new, is still there but it’s only strengthened because we know what the pieces mean as each step is met.

The art fits the story. It’s got a sense of fun and wonder to it. You also have to pay attention to the details in the background. It took a couple flips back and forth until I realized that I hadn’t been mistaken, the posters did move.

Every once in awhile a book comes around to remind us why the comic book medium exists. This is one such book.

Memorial #1/#2 receives
5 out of 5

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