• Matt Ligeti

DRIFT


Writer: Edward Haynes Art: Martyn Lorbiecki Publisher: Self-published


WHAT IS IT?

A self-contained "one-shot" story about the last two survivors of a space station explosion.

It's a lot like Gravity, but with a greater focus on hope and togetherness.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

(Minor Spoilers)

After their space station explodes, Mark and Florence are the only survivors. They're each in separate remnants of the starbase, drifting further into space, unable to see each other and only able to communicate through a 2-way radio.

These two people, complete strangers to each other, must fight the elements and the urge to just give up in the face of impossible odds, in order to survive

WHAT WORKS?

  • Haynes captures a wide range of humanity and emotion in few words

  • It's difficult to tell a complete story in only 20-ish pages while also making you like and worry about the characters, but Haynes & Lorbiecki tell a solid and compelling tale here

  • Also, writers just starting out in comics often feel like they need to jam-pack every panel with dialogue or exposition, but Haynes isn't afraid of silences and lets Lorbiecki do a lot of the heavy lifting, which works very well

  • I really enjoy Lorbiecki's art

  • He gives a lot of thought to pace, scale and balance

  • His facial expressions convey so much emotion without relying on overwrought line art or super close-ups

  • The use of a limited color palette is excellent here, giving each character their own color and environment, adding a balance between warm and cool, but also draining the other colors away so the environment feels more unfriendly and inhospitable

  • I also think the characters' positions throughout are interesting (see below)

  • Thinking about when they face each other vs. facing away from each other and what that subconsciously and sub-textually communicates

  • It's kind of great that of the two characters, one is a woman and the other brings some LGBTQIA+ representation

WHAT DOESN'T WORK?

  • While it does seem very derivative of the film, Gravity, in concept, I'd argue that Gravity focuses more on perseverance and capability of a single person while DRIFT is about holding onto hope in the face of adversity and how our connections with others can save us from giving up

  • A little crude language if you're worried about kids reading that


WHY SHOULD I READ IT?

It's a touching, beautifully watercolored, emotional story of hope and togetherness when we think we're alone and our situation is hopeless.

WHAT DO I READ NEXT?

If you like the writing:

  • Saltwater by Rick Quinn & Dana Obera

  • LOW, Vol. 1 by Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini

  • Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra

If you like the art:

  • The Ghost Butterfly, by Rick Quinn & Martyn Lorbiecki

  • Dept. H, Vol. 1 by Matt Kindt

  • Descender, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen

ABOUT THE CREATORS

Edward Haynes – Writer

  • Writes about comics at Multiversity Comics

  • Edits a literary magazine featuring stories by writers who are transgender, Across & Through

  • New Face: This is his first full-length comic!

Martyn Lorbiecki – Art & Letters

  • Mostly works with watercolor, often with limited palettes

  • Is a big fan of, and is influenced by, anime and dystopian sci-fi

  • Outlander: Lives in the UK, but is half-American

HOW DO I BUY IT?

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  • From etailer Gumroad.com

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