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©2018 by Matt Ligeti the Comic Book Yeti. 

  • Matt Ligeti

NEGATIVE SPACE


Writer: Ryan K Lindsay Art: Owen Gieni Publisher: Dark Horse


WHAT IS IT?

A fun, monster-based horror-comedy in the vein of Cabin in the Woods and a little Mass Effect 2.

Fans of offbeat, dark humor will definitely enjoy this one.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

(Minor Spoilers)

There are monsters hiding in the depths of the sea, and they're addicted to human tragedy and misery.

These horrible creatures, pictured on the cover here, are called the Evorah, and there's an entire megacorporation that exists solely to manufacture human sadness to keep these creatures' needs met. They're not doing it out of the unkindness of their hearts, but to stop the Evorah from rampaging and killing everyone if they don't get their share of misery.

You can thank this corporation for Van Gogh, Cobain and probably the 2016 election. Now, they're after a guy named Guy. He's a writer, a powerful empath, and he's suicidally depressed. To keep the Evorah at bay, the corporation sets out to ruin Guy's day, pushing him over the edge.

But hope might not be lost just yet for Guy. But how can one man stand against an entire corporation and a sea of monsters?

WHAT WORKS?

  • Ryan K Lindsay balances dark, tongue-in-cheek humor with moments of crushing tragedy for a monster-filled, action-packed adventure that's a lot of fun and a little heartbreaking

  • The characters all feel unique, with their own voices, and well-developed

  • Beta is THE BEST

  • I love the idea that all of the world's negativity (or most of it) is manufactured to satisfy monsters by a whole corporation of evil people who still find a way to justify their actions

  • Brings up a whole lot of ethical questions about cost of life vs. emotional trauma, and the idea of "The Greater Good"

  • I'm a big fan of Owen Gieni's unique style, and the dark watercolor aesthetic pairs well with a darkly emotional story filled with water-based monsters

  • So much is contained in these few issues -- it's very fast-paced

  • The creators tell a complete story in just a few issues, so you don't have to find time in your busy schedule for a new ongoing title

  • Love how the dividers for each chapter highlight a different person's tragedy, and how it was manufactured to placate the Evorah

WHAT DOESN'T WORK?

  • I feel like this might be a great book for people with depression, but I could also see how it might be triggering for people who may be trying to fight their depression

  • Not everyone loves dark humor, I suppose?


WHY SHOULD I READ IT?

Negative Space is filled with humor, emotion, humanity, tragedy, adventure and terror...a roller coaster in every way. Fans of monster horror, stories about depression, or anyone who enjoys dark humor will love this story.

WHAT DO I READ NEXT?

If you like the writing:

  • Eternal by Ryan K Lindsay & Eric Zawadzki

  • Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertston

  • Heart in a Box by Kelly Thompson & Meredith McClaren

If you like the art:

  • Manifest Destiny, Vol. 1 by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts & Owen Gieni

  • Rat Queens, Vol. 4 by Kurtis J Wiebe & Owen Gieni

  • Harrow County, Vol. 1 by Cullen Bunn & Tyler Crook

ABOUT THE CREATORS

Ryan K Lindsay – Writer

Owen Gieni – Artist

  • Outlander: Lives in Canada

  • Tends to opt for a tight watercolor aesthetic in his work (see image on right)

Ryan Ferrier – Letterer

  • Multitalented: Also works as a comic writer

  • He's also an amateur aficionado of horror films, tattoos, black coffee, hardcore music, professional wrestling, and famous war animals

  • Outlander: Hails from Canada

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