The Absentee #1 Inverse Press 2014 Written by Kevin LaPorte Illustrated by Randolph Dixon Colours by Kate Frizzell Reviewer: Steven Leitman
Review:Right now this is still in Kickstarter land and I don’t know if there will be a publisher or distributor for it but I’m hoping there will be. Before I leave you with my thoughts on this I’ll post where you can find more about this book. So this is a prime example of why I love doing what I do here because where else are you going to see a book about transdimensional travel that involves demon possession with more twists, turns and intrigue than you shake a stick at?
We meet Coy Blackler; a pilot who will make the test run on a ship that will breakthrough a dimensional barrier in the most unique way possible. What way is that well shame on you, read the book and find out. So while he’s actually succeeding in his mission beyond his wildest dreams he’s cut off from reality because of the suit and helmet he’s wearing. It’s got this sensory suppression thing going on that shows his vitals and the ship's functions so seeing what’s happening around him isn’t happening but it is for us.
How he manages to not know what exactly is happening is beyond me but I love the concept behind it. Kevin manages to do something here for me that is rare and gets me to suspend disbelief and see what happens to Coy as something natural not out of that realm of possibility. I’m impressed by his writing here and captivated by the premise of what I’ve seen. More so once Coy gets back to his home, our dimension since it’s here that the story begins.
If you thought you knew what was going to happen think again. I was pleasantly surprised to see the characters involved and their personalities emerge. No one is whom I expected them to be and ulterior motives are abundant throughout the first issue giving the reader a glimpse of things to come and that alone shows incredible promise. I really liked that I was surprised throughout the story from what happens to Coy in El Salvador to the sterile lab of the scientists you really can’t pinpoint the way things are going to go down.
The interior artwork is nice, pretty typical of your independent book, meaning a little unseasoned and amateur but shows nice skill and technique and I can see Randolph’s potential to grow as the series goes on, hopefully! Together these folks make a pretty impressive team and the passion they have for their work shines through and should this get funded properly or picked up for distribution through a larger company than everyone will win because this is an original story with an original concept executed extremely well.
Editor's Note: As mentioned in the review, The Absentee #1 is currently on Kickstarter to raise enough funds for printing and distribution. Currently the project is at 2,944 dollars of its 2,000 dollar goal with just 9 days to go. With even further donations, the extra funding provided will help in any extra costs that there may be. So come on down today and donate!