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"The Theory: Volume 1" Trade Paperback Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by T-Pub


Written by David Court, Forrest Helvie, and Neil Gibson
Illustrated by Amrit Birdi, Atula Siriwardane, Cem Iroz, Davide Puppo, Jake Elphick, Jim Terry, Phil Buckenham, and V.V. Glass
Additional artwork by Chelsea Ambrose, Rob Banbury, and Cornelia Abfalter
Colored by Liezl Buenaventura
Lettered by Justin Birch
2019, 172 Pages
Trade paperback released on November 29th, 2019


We've seen T-Pub tackle horror, crime, and more in Twisted Dark. Now the publisher turns its attention to the stars. While it represents hope and possibility to some, it can get pretty dark and that is definitely what you're in for with The Theory.

As with Twisted Dark, The Theory is an anthology series told in a shared universe. The connections aren't apparent at first, but you'll see the lines linking them the further you read. Anthologies like this are my favorite, as they serve a specific purpose to tell a larger narrative. This aspect really elevates the reading experience and lends itself to multiple read-throughs.

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It's hard to pick a favorite tale in The Theory. They're all rock solid with some fantastic twists and turns. You can see some endings coming, yet they're still horrifying, so you're hoping that you're wrong as you watch in terror as they play out. Although we're dealing with the future and far off lands, there are some definite parallels to today's world.

This is especially true for “Communication” from writer Neil Gibson, artist Davide Puppo, colorist Liezel Buenaventura, and lettered Justin Birch. It presents a grim future where an entire society crumbles after connecting to mysterious pleasure orbs. The link between this and our current obsession with mobile phones is a bit on the nose, but still very powerful. It definitely had me thinking twice about picking up my device for a bit.

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Much of that story is told in a flashback to another world and culture. Puppo uses unique borders for these images, adding to the creepy, technological aspect of this connection. This effect gives the panels an eerie feel, like they're being beamed right into your head...which is exactly how the woman in the story is getting them.

The Theory is another solid title from T-Pub that perfectly complements Twisted Dark. It shows how darkness and evil can extend out into the farthest reaches of space. It's not limited to Earth alone. There is not a single story in this collection that disappoints. This is a testament to quality short stories.


Story: fivestars Cover
Art: fourandahalfstars
Overall: 5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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