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Comic Review: Bodies #1

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I’m still a comic newbie, but even I can tell when a comic is awesome. Si Spencer’s Bodies intertwines four different timelines into an intricate, interesting, and suspenseful tale, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Bodies Issue 1 cover

BODIES #1
WRITER: Si Spencer
ARTIST: Meghan Hetrick, Dean Ormston, Tula Lotay, Phil Winslade
COLORIST: Lee Loughridge
LETTERER: Dezi Sienty and Taylor Esposito
PUBLISHER: Vertigo
RELEASE DATE: July 30, 2014

In 2014, 1890, 2050, and 1940, four different detectives find a body in Longharvest Lane in London, England. D.S. Shahara Hasan of 2014, Inspector Edmond Hillinghead of 1890, Detective Maplewood of 2050, and Inspector Charles Whiteman of 1940 are our main investigators. Each of them offer insights about who they think the corpse is and the motive behind his death. The strangest part is that the body appears to be the same in each of these time periods.

The first issue of Bodies sets the stage for what will hopefully be an epic tale of murder, suspense, and history. Each character paired with that time periods’ artwork (2014 by Meghan Hetrick, 1890 by Dean Ormston, 2050 by Tula Lotay, and 1940 by Phil Winslade) creates the perfect atmosphere for all four of these times. I particularly enjoyed Ormston’s black, white, and red version of 1890 and Lotay’s cartoony rendition of the future. The 2050 timeline is a perfect combination of strange, alien, and humorous. Detective Maplewood has trouble remembering what words to say to describe what she’s seeing; it appears that a “pulsewave” that flows through the air makes it hard for her to concentrate outside. I cannot wait to see the explanation for what has happened to our world as the story unfolds.

Bodies Issue 1 Images

As you may know, I’ve recently started reading comics in the past two months or so. I’ve been trying to find a few series that I could get into right from the start, and when I found the cover of Bodies on ComicList, I knew I wanted it. I wasn’t disappointed.

Bodies #1 set the scene for what I hope will be a thrilling journey through time as the detectives work toward solving the exact same murder in four different time periods. No, we don’t always know what’s going on, but it’s the first issue and I think that’s kind of the point. I added Bodies to my pull list at my local comic book store right after I finished this issue. I suggest you do the same.

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