It looks as though Image Comics’ Skybound imprint is having a little bit of fun, as several creators are coming together for the aptly titled Evolution, a brand new series by the publisher. In what looks to be a promising horror title, the opening issue of the series focuses on three stories, all about certain members of the public that seem to be going through millions of years of evolution, all at the same time. Huge changes in physiology and mental welfare, as well as the panic about public perception look to be a huge focus of this title, and this first issue does a great job of presenting a very interesting theme and world paired with what can be unsettling visuals.
Teaming together are four well-known writers in the comic book world: James Asmus, Joe Keatinge, Josh Williamson, and Christopher Sebela. This book takes a very deep look at the evolution of the world, applying it to the more forgotten progression of humanity as it evolves with the times. With technology and society evolving at an exponential rate, Evolution focuses on what could result if physical evolution were given that same kind of rapid and unpredictable path.
With three stories to focus on, these writers work together to tell these separate, but altogether linked, stories about three individuals who become very aware of humanity’s new path. All of these characters come from very different backgrounds and will likely handle this situation differently, making for what could be a very harrowing look into the changes in the world and the potential for change in the human body.
Joining these four talented writers are artists Joe Infunari and Jordan Boyd, who seem to be able to take some pleasure in drawing some very disturbing body horror. Without giving too much away, most of this book has relied on building a sense of unease in what’s being seen, and the team of Infunari and Boyd really complete that task with ease. With a kind of messy style, this book is full of scratchy pencil lines, small gaps that come with the use of colored pencil, and a general regulated messiness that lends itself to this unconventional book. Looking and feeling a bit off is perfect for this type of story, and this team nails the result.
The only drawback of this book so far is something that will likely come with time: clarity. We don’t know anything about these characters or their world and what’s happening in it, so it’s a bit tough to figure out what’s really happening and to whom. This is something that usually reveals itself in time, and as this team of creators grows together, it should be of no concern. As far as openings go in horror comics, this one is up there as one of the better attention-grabbers. While I’m not sure how long this book is intended to run, I’m along for the ride.