Note - This is a book I’ve been wanting to review for a while, so here it is. Enjoy.
The Private Eye #1 review:
Brian K. Vaughan is a very busy man lately. After ending his three season run with “Lost”, Vaughan returned to the comic book scene with his smash hit “Saga”, continued writing for television with an adaption of Stephen King’s “Under the Dome”, and has now created a new comic book called “The Private Eye” along side award-winning artist Marcos Martin.
“The Private Eye” takes place in a future where the U.S. no longer uses the internet and privacy is worshipped, almost to the point where everyone has a secret identity. In particular Brian K. Vaughan fashion, he draws you in with interesting characters, witty dialog, and a fascinating story. What happens next? Where did all of this technology come from? Why did people stop using the internet? The goal of a comic’s first issue is to hook the reader and Vaughan has mastered it.
As for the art, Marcos Martin takes advantage of the all-digital format by going with a horizontal layout opposed to the traditional vertical layout, allowing him to create beautiful landscapes of the city’s postmodern sci-fi-like skyline. His imaging of post-internet America is fascinating and highly-creative, each character having their own style and personality. Accompanying Martin’s fantastic art is Muntsa Vicente, an incredible colorist who really brings the city and it’s inhabitants to life with her colorful and vivid choice of colors.
But perhaps what makes this book truly awesome is the fact that Brian K. Vaughan, notoriously known for his lack of online presence, has made an effort to contrast the story’s anti-internet stance by making it primarily available online at a name-your-own price rate, much like the music site BandCamp. Within hours of its launch, Vaughan and Martin’s PayPal account had crashed due to the surprisingly generous amount people were willing to buy this book at.
Whether or not you think that digital comics are going to be the downfall to physical comics, be sure to download this comic today at http://panelsyndicate.com/.