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Review – Echoes

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EchoesI first came across Echoes in Top Cow‘s compilation Top Cow First Look.  Out of all of the comics, this one was the gem out of the bunch (and most were solid).  I gave that first issue a perfect 10.  How possibly could the next four issues meet that high bar set by the first?  Well, writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Rahsan Ekedal have pulled it off.

I’m not the biggest horror fan.  Every so often I like a good slasher or suspense movie, but I’m a fan of the psychological thriller.  Those movies and stories are full of character development and usually fantastic acting that really scares you because it’s not the person with the pick ax you need to worry about, it’s the psycho next door that blends in.  Echoes is that psycho next door story.  This is Silence of the Lambs or Se7en in comic book form.  A psychological meltdown, thriller and head trip of the highest caliber.

Brian Cohn has discovered his recently deceased father may have been a serial killer. As Brian struggles what to do with his father’s legacy and flesh doll trophies, a young girl goes missing in town and when the police come to his door, Brian must question if he is responsible…

But what’s fantastic of this entire series is the “did he do it?” question.  I somewhat knew where the series was going, but no idea the truth behind it all.  Fialkov keeps you on your toes and as you read, you feel like you’re being dragged into Brian’s psychological meltdown.

But on top of that this is a story of fathers and sons.  Does a son inherit the sins of the father?  How much influence do they have upon us?  This is a breakdown of character on numerous levels.  Brian’s life, his mentality and a murderers deconstruction of his victims.  All of them are taken apart and reassembled in different ways.

Ekedel’s art is perfect.  It’s creepy but not disgusting and at times beautiful.  The black and white adds to the story, forcing you to imagine the blood, or the gray lines and shading complementing the mood.

You know something you’ve read is good when you finish it and immediately want to see this on the big screen.  Get David Fincher to direct and I’ll be there opening night (and begging to be a part of it).

This is an absolute buy.  I can’t recommend it enough.

Plot: Fialkov pulls it off.  The breakdown of family, mental stability, everything just works and flows.  I felt like I was being dragged into the madness and I wanted to read more.  The first issue is beyond solid and the rest of the five issue limited series holds up as well.  I wish there was more of this on the market, beyond fantastic.  Rating: 10

Art: Ekedal’s art is top notch as well.  It’s black and white which enhances the story.  You have to imagine the blood at times and the gloomy shading adds to the mood of the series.  This is a perfect pairing of artist and writer.  Rating: 10

Overall: What more do I need to say?  I want this on the big screen!  I think that’s an endorsement enough.  Try the first issue in December and see what you think.  You’ll quickly be clamoring for the rest.  Overall rating: 10

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $2.99     Release: 5 issue limited series 1st issue launches in December

Joshua Hale Fialkov and Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

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