Written and Illustrated by Jay Gunn
Letters by Jimmy Betancourt and Albert Deschesne
Published by Titan Comics
Release Date: 05/27/2015
How far would you go to save the planet? This is what Jay Gunn and Titan Comics asked readers back in January, when they put out the first images and press release for Surface Tension. Finally, just a little over one week away and we finally get to start finding out the answers to that question.
The premise to this story is simple; over a year ago 99% of the world’s population was lured into the sea and suddenly disappeared. That is where our story in issue one begins, a little over one year after those events on the remote British island of Breith where two of the vanished have returned, but they are not the same. Their physical appearance has changed to a blue pigmented skin and both have little to no memory of the past twelve months.
The first issue proceeds to reveal some of the back story with the reunion of two of our central characters with Mary (a former nurse) and her friend Megumi (who is one of the afflicted who has returned). There are a couple of flashback scenes that show how billions of people suffering from this mysterious sea sickness were drawn to these alien Coral Sentinels, and the emergence of new life forms (sea creatures) from the sea and the coral sentinels continued to expand. The most menacing of these beasts would not allow anyone to leave the island, essentially isolating the survivors on this island from the rest of the world (what was left of it anyway).
So Surface Tension #1 was a perfect set up issue to what will be a five issue limited series. At its core, it feels like a nature versus humanity story, where the planet with all its environmental issues may be finally creating some sort of self-defense mechanism/phenomenon in order to preserve its vital resources, and save itself from the threat of man-made contaminants. There is a catastrophic oil spill that occurs which introduces Erik who worked with Meg on the coast of Ghana on a project to clean up the spill but to also monitor and study the impact it would have. This is where Eric discovers these corals (which he believes are alive) and their origins are revealed.
Jay Gunn shines in this debut issue with stunning illustrations, most notably the way he depicts the sea monsters and those with the sickness, and I was very pleased with his choice of colors. Surface Tension #1 shows all the signs of a hit series with great storytelling and just the right amount of creepiness. It’s an enigmatic horror adventure that was both unexpected and profound with a relevant theme that perhaps seeks to teach humanity a lesson in the most frightening way.
REVIEW: SURFACE TENSION #1
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