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"The Freeze #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics / Top Cow Productions

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Written by Dan Wickline
Illustrated by Phillip Sevy
Lettered by Troy Peteri
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 9th, 2019

Review:

Humanity has been frozen in place. Ray is the only one who has the power to unfreeze people and he's done so for a few folks. They're slowly building a new society as they figure out next steps. Suddenly this IT worker is part of a small community that decides who gets to live or who stays frozen. This means looking people up on social media or evaluating them any way they can, which is not an easy process. What happens when they do it wrong?

The Freeze works a bit like a zombie comic. The danger isn't in the fact that everyone's frozen, although that's definitely caused a ton of chaos; it's in the survivors and how they interact with each other. This is a stressful situation that can cause even the best of us to snap. You can already see the tension growing between each person and we know that eventually things will get incredibly violent.

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Since each issue of The Freeze has started with a glimpse into a dystopian future, writer Dan Wickline is filling in that gap. Our minds are racing with how this seemingly peaceful beginning can turn into a war torn landscape. This forces us to question the motif of every single character. Will they be the one that turns the tide? Is this action going to lead us down that road? It ratchets up the excitement of the series.

As we're still establishing the rules of this new society, there's a lot to explain. Letterer Troy Peteri has the unenviable job of cramming a whole lot of dialogue into each panel and making things flow. This chapter is pretty exposition-heavy, as each character basically outlines their moral stance about unfreezing people and what to do with those that break the rules. It's a lot to take in, but Peteri keeps the conversation moving at a brisk pace, so it doesn't get too overwhelming.

The frozen people are shown in this muted shade, like they're not quite in synch with reality. Artist Phillip Sevy really underscores the difference between these folks and those that have been unfrozen. The former are lifeless and cold, like mannequins, while the latter are vibrant and full of energy.

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A chunk of The Freeze #2 is spent with people talking to each other, yet this never comes across as boring, as they're literally discussing life and death. Sevy conveys so much with each facial expression. Since we know where this story will eventually end up, we're second guessing every glance we see. Is that intrigue or concern? Could that person be hiding something?

The Freeze is a terrific high concept that has quickly become full of possibilities. It takes a simple premise and adds a frightening yet human spin on it. The final page of this issue is absolutely terrifying and will have you clamoring for more.

Grades:

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Art: Fourstars
Overall: Fourstars

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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