"Counting Down from One" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by SOV Comics
Written by Ed Jowett & Jonathan “Synaid” Lewis
Illustrated by Risza A. Perdhana
Colored by Minan Ghibliest
Lettered by Jonathan “Synaid” Lewis
2016, 25 Pages, $2.99
Comic released on May 11th, 2016
A group of time travelers set out on a mission to assassinate someone, only to run into all sorts of difficulties. As they're picked off one by one, they have to rush to figure out what's going on before they're all horrifically murdered.
Counting Down from One is part of Era: The Consortium, which deals with a vast science fiction saga. This issue has just enough to be new-reader friendly, although not enough for you to invest much in the characters. Each one is pretty generic and interchangeable, so it's tough to care about them. This turns the tables on the events of the story. Instead of hoping they survive, I'm more curious as to what crazy way each one is going to die.
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The storyline moves very quickly, offing characters within a few pages. This is not the present day and there's clearly more stuff going on here, although it's not totally explored or explained. It becomes unintentionally hilarious as the deaths are absolutely ridiculous. It's tough to pick a favorite when one guy is killed when a bucket of molten metal is inexplicably dumped on him and someone else is crushed under a bunch of spikes. Seriously, why were there so many spikes in the ceiling?
While artist Risza A. Perdhana creates some fun deaths, the characters themselves often appear stiff and awkward. It's like they're paper dolls set up in strange positions. They lack definition and depth.
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Colorist Minan Ghibliest makes a dreary setting for Counting Down from One. There's a dystopian vibe to the location and the characters' clothing. Everything is made of greys and browns. It makes you wonder what happened to create such a grim world.
Counting Down from One is like Final Destination with time travelers. You're not supposed to mess with time, so fate intervenes and starts killing them all. In this case, fate isn’t a mysterious force, but someone pulling strings from the shadows. This issue makes for some momentary fun, however doesn't have much to pull you in for more from this universe.