Title : Oliver
Publisher : Image Comics
Writer(s) : Gary Whitta
Artist(s) : Darick Robertson, Diego Rodriguez, and Simon Bowland
Cover Artist : Darick Robertson
Thoughts On Cover
A bright and colorful notion of hope in what seems to be a broken world. That’s what Robertson gives us on the front of Oliver. Clean, crisp art work, with a purpose of eliciting emotion before the reader has even opened the book.
I appreciate the stylistic choice of art style, with a gritty backdrop of some industrialised city, home to what one would assume is a large population of factory style families. I could clearly tell I was in for a good story just from the decisions made.
Oliver is born into a world torn apart by war, crushing upon itself through strict regulations against children, against those different than the status quo, but more than anything, a world that wanted him dead before he took his first breath.
Our initial introduction to this world is one of questioning art. It took me a few pages to realize that the men we meet are designed the same because they are actually identical save for a few outstanding characteristics. Missing eyes, cuts, bruises, but they’ve all been bred to look identical, act similar, and all wear the same forgotten war uniforms based on a world where they are no longer accepted.
Falling further down the rabbit hole, we are given the answers to a few burning questions, but kept just enough in the dark to want so much more.
What Stands Out
The writing is a unique mixture of stories we’ve heard before and a few things that I’ve never read myself. It brings a unique perspective on the way humanity deals with our problems, while showing us a lighter side of what comes next.
More than anything else though, the art work completely matched the style of story. Every gritty detail was immaculately done, and I was intrigued in every panel I read. This is an example of a perfect pairing between art and story, driving each to do better. If this was a short story it would work, and even without the story behind it the art drives a narrative which would survive alone. To me, that is something that shows the depth of design.
While this may not be the most amazing initial release I’ve ever read, I would say the story and art work worked cohesively. It is a comic I thoroughly enjoyed, and I absolutely look forward to continuing this story through its entire run.
I have instantly become a fan of both Oliver and the decisions made on character flaws revealed, and those kept secret. This is one instance I am literally at a loss for what to expect in the future, but I can’t wait to find out.
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