Life is full of choices. Some are small, like deciding to eat that piece of chocolate now instead of waiting. Some are large, like moving to a different city to go to college. All choices matter, regardless of how insignificant they may seem. That is the premise of the new Image Comics series, Destiny Gate.
Destiny Gate was originally conceived as a video game and is now a supernatural horror comic. Set in the 1930s, the first issue follows Mitchell Slate as he rides a train, believing it will take him home. Mitchell’s life has taken a downturn due to business failures of the Great Depression; however, the journey takes him someplace unexpected, where the people he’s surrounded by are not what they first seemed. Ultimately, he is given a choice that will change the course of his life.
Destiny Gate is very interesting. It reads almost like an episode of The Twilight Zone or one of the old EC Comics horror stories of the 1950s. Writer Ryan Cady tells what can only be described as a classic horror tale, complete with interesting character backstory and exciting surprises. The art by Christian Dibari expresses a true feeling of foreboding. It is not your traditional comic book art, but rather a style that is reminiscent of the old DC Comics / Vertigo Urban Legends stories. It fits the mood of the book perfectly.
Destiny Gate #1 is an intriguing start to what looks to be a fantastic limited series. The first issue lays the groundwork for all that is to come. If you like suspense, horror, and supernatural stories, this is definitely the book for you!
Recommended – 3 out of 4 stars
Creative Team: Ryan Cady (writer), Christian DiBari (artist)
Publisher: Image Comics / Top Cow
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