Ei8ht #1

8 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 8/10

Interesting use of background colors.

But I'm not sure I like it being spelled out for us.

Ei8ht #1
(A/W) Rafael Albuquerque
Dark Horse Comics
2015

Something’s gone wrong with our future, and our only hope is to send someone into the past, which causes amnesia, so no one really knows much more about it. It may feel a little too convenient, but the overlooking that, the story is cool, and the art is beautiful. I’d rather not be coddled by the book quite so much, but overall, it’s not a bad read.

The story is a little lackluster, but I think that’s mostly because they’re trying to play the slow reveal. The reader is left with a million questions, but what we do know is interesting enough to hold our attention for now. I hope either the answers start flowing or the story picks up a bit, though. I can’t see putting up with this level of mystery for more than an issue or two.

The art is by far my favorite part of the book, and my biggest complaint about it is that they give away one of the coolest features. Each epoch has a different colored background, and I see a great opportunity for reader involvement in figuring out what all the colors mean, but they just give you a legend instead. I feel like I missed out on figuring out something cool, but I guess people might have missed it otherwise. Still, a little more confidence in the reader would be welcome.

Ei8ght is an above-average book, but it doesn’t really rise to the top. I like it, but there’s a lot of books I like better. I’ll give it another shot, but I’m hoping the next issue holds my attention a little more.

 

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