Image Comics new series THE SURFACE is a profound intellectual book that takes a look at what would happen in a twisted future, but with a sci-fi aspect to it.
Ales Kot’s newest book is a little slow getting into. To be truthful, some things do go over my head, and THE SURFACE is one of those things. The book goes in its own unique way, discussing theories of quantum physics and reality.
That being said, THE SURFACE gets lost in its own words. Much of the dialogue and narration just read as facts, taking away the real creativeness of the book. Its almost trying too hard to get its message across, and it feels like the pages are cluttered with too many words. When need be Kot can get the details out that he wants to, but when he doesn’t things almost begin to seem like filler material.
With that in mind, the lack of constructive dialogue takes away from getting a good feel of the three main characters of the book, making them seem bland. You don’t get a real feel for their personality. Swinging back to the scientific aspect of the book, even the characters tend to drone on about life and the cosmos all to get to a point that things are ever-changing. Sometimes less is more, and in this case it would do well as it would give the characters a little bit more of emotion and less of a feeling like you’re listening to some teen, sitting in the desert, hopped up on drugs talking about how the universe works.
The three main characters, Mark, Nasia and Gomez are all hackers in the near-future, where governments have taken away virtually any form of privacy and have almost outlawed hackers. The trio, who are all dating each other, set out to find The Surface, where they believe they will find answers to reshape the world. With the goal of the group set in motion, their destination is still shadowy, as not much has been told about the mysterious place called The Surface.
THE SURFACE does do well visually, emphasizing and expressing the issues and themes of the book well. Langdon Foss adds extreme attention to detail, making every panel very distinct, and giving a certain unique flat texture to the book.
While I enjoyed THE SURFACE, it’s very easy to get lost in the vast amount of text on a page. It takes its time trying to get its message across, lingering on the scientific theory’s presented throughout the book. This first issue isn’t generally gripping, but it has peeked my curiosity and will hopefully improve by the second issue.