Writer: Tony Patrick
Art: Ayhan Hayrula
Colors: Doug Garbark
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Publisher: BLACK MASK STUDIOS (Dec 2015)
Welcome to the world of X’ed … where you can go to an agency that has an agent go into your mind and take out unwanted memories. For a price of course. What happens when a sister of a ruthless embezzler begs for them to erase her brother’s existence from her mind? They take the job. Yet, as they take the job, our agency is under attack.
This first issue is gripping as Patrick brings you into the gritty business of X’ed easily enough. The real world like situations and motivations behind the company blend seamlessly with the elements of sci-fi that the book has. Everyone has baggage in their minds. Everyone has things they wish they could forget. And Patrick tackles this concept with a very realistic approach … well, real with sci-fi added in. It’s handled well. The overall characterizations are solid. We get hints of the main cast personality easily enough and they are varied yet likable. The main plot is captivating as this one case turns into so much more because of outside interference and the mind of their client. Patrick scribes all this with a strong ease that keeps the book fresh and interesting, making you want more.
Art wise, the gritty look by Hayrula and Garbark actually fits perfectly for the book. Between the grim reality versus the abnormalities of the client’s brain, Hayrula has a lot of fun. There is a good amount solid panel work which Garbark to help really capture the mood and feeling that Hayrula and Patrick convey. The various perspectives and changes of colors to fit the mood of the scene actually make things more appealing for the book. Really solid stuff.
We did meet the cast, but I can honestly only tell you the names of a few characters. Personality wise, they connected with me. Yet, without names, it feels slightly incomplete.
Besides the disconnect of characters because of the lack of names, this was a solid first issue. There were entertaining characters that felt real, art that was gritty yet full of life because it had to do so much in one issue and a wonderful main plot that makes you wanting more because unsolved questions and the sheer concept of the book. This book is different from the word go, but in a great way. The landscape of the mind isn’t something comics tackle too often as a main premise. X’ed#1 does it with ease and makes it fun and thrilling!