Image Comics is truly the most innovative publisher there is today. They take chances, mix genres up, and tend to display some of the coolest creator-owned series on the market. Enter Elsewhere, a series about a magic fantasy world where humans end up when they disappear.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
Mysteriously transported to a strange new world filled with flying beasts and alien civilizations, Amelia desperately struggles to return home. Along the way, she forges alliances and makes enemies as she goes from aviator to freedom fighter in a rebellion against a merciless warlord!
Why does this matter?
Aside from the premise sounding cool, this series also offers the incredible art of Sumeyye Kesgin who adds an imaginative spark necessary to pull of the world. Add in Ron Riley’s great colors and you have magic!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
I have a feeling if you’re a history nerd you’re going to love this series. I for one am not, but I still think the premise is rather cool. The issue opens with two strange men named Cort and Tavel (who are a bit furry with blue marking them) breaking out from a prison. One deems himself a hero and writer Jay Faerber gives them a fun dynamic that’s argumentative but respectful. Faerber allows these characters, and the unveiling of the world, to slowly pull you in so that you’ll be questioning where and what is going on. Then he drops Amelia Earhart on you and things get even stranger.
Earhart is great fun and a positive light for the series. She’s easy to like and ends up surprising even the two lug heads who broke out of jail. There’s certainly a young adult vibe about the entire book and Earhart embodies that in her likable gung-ho nature. It’s fun to see her heroic nature jive with Tavel’s desire to be a hero and you can already see they’ll work well together.
The issue also introduces the villain well who has a cool and scary design. Speaking of design, there are some rad looking hover crafts utilizing some kind of crystal and the landscapes are just gorgeous. Kesgin makes this place look very unique, which allows the world to stand out as a character all its own.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Seeing as I’m not too interested in history, having Earhart as the lead gets a shrug and a, “So what” from me. There’s an additional historical figure introduced in the cliffhanger who I didn’t even know, which further alienated me from the narrative. It’s not that big of a deal, but it’s clear these big names are supposed to have an impact on the reader.
Is it good?
History buffs will need this. Fantasy lovers will love it. Faeber and company have created a compelling world wrapped in a unique premise. Bring on issue #2!