El Sueño, Texas was a single street town withering under the shadow of the Mexico-U.S. Barrier. Then the pavement split, and a massive crack spread from one end to the other, rapidly swallowing El Sueño whole. Young couple Avery Lee Olmos and Hark Wright fight to escape the mysterious sinkhole and the malevolent force that beckons from its depths.
With Enormous, writer Tim Daniel gave us a monster destruction series and with Fissure, he mines the disaster genre, for an intriguing comic that’s more than the destruction witnessed. Fissure is the new series from Daniel, artist Patricio Delpeche, and published by Vault Comics an up and coming publisher that’s already making waves.
Other than the couple of teaser texts I’ve read, I knew little about the series going into it. Coming out of it, I can’t wait to read more! A mix of disaster and horror Fissure sets up the world its set and people involved in a style that’s rare to see. First, the story isn’t quite as straightforward as you’d think from the concept. A lot of the issue is in Spanish, and not being anywhere near fluent I found myself relying on how things were being said and the art to figure out what’s going on at times. But, even not being able to really understand the words on the page, I still found myself understanding in a way. And that’s impressive to me. Even in another language, what Daniel and Delpeche has put on paper is understandable and really enjoyable.
Bringing down barriers is something that’s at the heart of the comic. The town of El Sueño is split between the Texan and Mexican inhabitants though we’re introduced to a Romeo and Juliet aspect to that split. There’s a barrier in language, people, and eventually a literal one in the fissure itself. This is a comic that has a layer to it I wasn’t expecting.
Delpeche handles the arts and colors with Deron Bennett on letters and the art is interesting primarily to the coloring chosen. A color planet that’s day-glo in a way enhances the horror aspect to the comic. I don’t think I’ve seen too many comics with this palette and the choice makes it stand out in a good way. The color choice especially stands out when the fissure is involved created a glowing green styling that enhances the dread that lies within.
I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m impressed, really impressed. Fissure #1 was a comic that was on my radar but I’m sure it’ll be on too few and they’re missing out on a quality comic. This disaster horror story goes above and beyond in a way to not just entertain, but also reflects on what divides us.
Story: Tim Daniel Art: Patricio Delpeche
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy
Vault Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review