Review: Cognition #1

When you read a book, most readers would like to be transported. This is where many first-person narratives often fail the reader as they spend a great deal of time introducing themselves, but not to their world. Same thing goes for most television shows and movies, as the setting is the fist thing you notice before a single line is uttered. The atmosphere that the creator brings their audience to, is what can make or break how well the book is received.

I remember the first time I read Stephen King, his writing transported to a small cold town resembling Maine, where people with bad intentions live. I remember the first time I watched The Birds, the way Hitchcock used silence throughout that movie is an effect that is still used in films today, but it is the atmosphere he set, which made audiences jump out of their seats. This is even more enjoyable to read in comics, as creators like Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis, can pull you into a story with details that most writers would overlook but make the atmosphere just as uneasy as any horror movie. In the first issue of Cognition, our heroes continue their paranormal investigations, risking life and limb at every turn.

In “Mirror, Mirror,” a grieving widower research black magic to revive his wife but instead becomes maddened by something darker, causes his death and the death of his children as well. As Cal and Sigma, starts to investigate, something seems off about the room, the soon find out that the widower had no control of his actions, as he was possessed by something otherworldly. Sigma, soon finds out that a trickster demon is at play, deceiving the widower for the souls of whole family. By issue’s end, a terrible truth about Cal may have been revealed which leaves Sigma with pause for his partner.

Overall, an excellent first issue which gets us major insight into our dynamic duo. The story by Ken Reynolds is dark, scary, and entertaining. The art by Sam Bentley is gorgeous, chilly, and realistic. Altogether, another outstanding issue in a story that feels like a spooky Sherlock Holmes.

Story: Ken Reynolds Art: Sam Bentley
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy