Review: X’ed #1

X'ED #1 CoverA sci-fi thriller about a next-gen form of psychiatry: “subliminal hitmen” injected into your mind who hunt down and kill the demons that haunt you. Ex-military sharpshooter Colin McClure is Mezign Corporation’s most recent recruit for the still-experimental (and often deadly) job of subliminal hitman. McClure is the perfect candidate for two reasons: a) he’s a killing machine, and b) he lost his legs in the war, so subliminal-ops are his only way to see any action. But he’s also a dangerous candidate for one reason unknown to Mezign: Colin’s true motive is to enter the mind of his catatonic daughter and bring her out of a coma.

Inception with a twist is a great way to describe X’ed #1, the new Black Mask Studios series from writer Tony Patrick and artist Ayhan Hayrula. The first issue is entertaining in a way that is solid build up and then reveal.

Like the person hiring Mezign Corporation, we’re taken step by step through the process of this next-gen psychiatry, given just a bit more knowledge than the client. We’re then taken into the mind of the client, again, much like the main character Colin, we’re kept on our toes as to what to expect, learning as he does. And then there’s some nice twists.

The flow of the comic is great, and it feels like an entertaining sci-fi story with dialogue not too deep, and enough to inform us the readers as to what’s going on without over explaining things. The characters and the dialogue is what I’d expect from a standard sci-fi film, but one that’s really entertaining.

The art by Hayrula is good. There’s a mix of tech, real world, and the dream world/mind, and they all flow really nicely. The dreamscape is where the art could possibly go off the rails being too weird, or not weird enough, and the comic has a good balance between the two.

This is a series that’s one to watch. A solid first issue that shows promise, I’m looking forward to the second.

Story: Tony Patrick Art: Ayhan Hayrula
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review