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"Resonant #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics

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Written by David Andry
Illustrated by Alejandro Aragon
Colored by Jason Wordie
Lettered by Deron Bennett
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 17th, 2019

Review:

After the Waves hit, Paxton and his children were able to survive in a secluded cabin. With his youngest son chronically ill, Paxton must venture out into the world in search of medicine, leaving his kids alone. Of course, nothing goes as planned and the entire family is put in danger.

Resonant has a similar feel to A Quiet Place. You don't know all the details about the Waves, what they are, how they work, or what they did to society at large. You don't need it to feel the terror that they've created. They're a constant threat, like how the undead are always present in zombie movies, even when they're not on the screen.

Paxton's love for his children shines through from the first page. He's done everything he can to keep them safe after the Waves, even rigging up a panic room full of necessary supplies that can keep them alive for six months. It's touching that something horrible brought them together in such a strong way. Writer David Andry quickly establishes these characters and their relationships with one another. This means we identify with them early on before they're thrown into danger.

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The isolation this family is in is driven home by Alejandro Aragon's artwork. There are some breathtaking landscape shots that show just how alone they are in the wilderness. These shots are presented with an eerie silence, like something is watching them from the shadows. If they weren't facing some terrifying threat out there, you'd think they were out on a wonderful camping trip. If I've learned anything from horror stories, it's that nothing good ever comes from the woods.

Colorist Jason Wordie adds to this warmth with some a gorgeous palette full of life and energy. Even the panic room with its harsh florescent lighting has its fair share of love and affection. It isn't until Paxton heads out on his mission that things take a darker turn and the harsh reality sets in. A dystopian tone settles in with yellows and browns that strip away the life that once filled the story. There is no hope out here.

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Crickets can predict the Waves, so they become a valuable resource. When one is coming, their chirps fill the page. Letterer Deron Bennett starts these sound effects as a small noise in the background before growing them to the point where it becomes claustrophobic. It's like the end of The Tell-Tale Heart, where the sound is driving the man crazy, but with cricket chirps.

The colors change to a much more violent tone during a Wave too. Wordie sets the sky ablaze with fiery oranges and yellows that mirror the abject terror that's arrived. It adds together to become a heart-pounding and frightening experience.

There are still a lot of questions with Resonant, but all of them are good. If this debut issue is any indication, we're in for an awesome albeit horrifying treat. This is most definitely a horror comic to watch.

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About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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