REVIEW: ‘The Elemental Balance,’ Issue #1

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The Elemental Balance #1

The Elemental Balance #1 Ground Breaking News from inZane Comics opens with the scene of a Titanic-esque tragedy and then cuts to the present, where Chloe and her boyfriend are visiting a science museum on their vacation. With the focus of the guided tour on the history of the elements of the world, Chloe herself is immersed in the tour and makes a point to question the scientist afterward about unusual methodologies of energy channeling, under what’s an immediately recognizable guise of a fictitious novel. Armed with new information, she and Vijay, her boyfriend, return to their hotel room for the night.

Only Chloe doesn’t sleep well, and nightmares about things all too real haunt her. What’s a girl to do when you wake up and realize that the horrors in your dream came true?

With the story and lettering done by Zain Shenwar, The Elemental Balance is an interesting take on the discovery of the elements that make up the world we live in and what could happen to the energies they possess under certain circumstances. I was immediately drawing comparisons to the Titanic, from the events of the opening page with the ship to the necklace gifted Chloe later in the story, and as someone who’s always been strangely fascinated by that tragedy.

This lent an air of romanticism to The Elemental Balance #1 that I feel helped bring everything together cohesively. Some parts of this first chapter were a bit predictable, but it was enjoyable regardless. Shenwar painted a humanity to the characters that draw readers into the pain and struggle within Chloe and Baraka, and makes it easier to relate to the monster-type human beings in his story.

And I’d like to take a moment to send all of my love and positive vibes to Vijay, who seemed like a genuinely good guy, and to say that I feel like Chloe did that man wrong. Just let people love you!

I had issues with the art of The Elemental Balance. With art, inks and coloring all done by Luke Horsman, the interior aesthetic flowed together really well. Everything fits, as it tends to do when one artist has the ability to navigate the physical appearance of a story uninhibited. But I’ll be honest, the character designs were not my favorite, the faces, in particular.

Everything else was good. I found the faces too inconsistent in shape and detailing for my personal preference, though I can see other people enjoying it. I do love the coloring of the book, the outlining is perfect and highlights the focus of each panel in subtly unique ways. The inks are gorgeously done, and the backgrounds looked amazing! Comparably, the quality of the faces should be redeemed by the rest of the artwork, but it happens to be one feature that can completely take me out of a book.

The Elemental Balance is a weirdly awesome mash-up of science, superpowers, and humanity that will leave most readers vying for more. It’s well-written, with just enough suspense to have a thrill for your experience. I’d recommend it to anyone who doesn’t get too hung up on facial designs and can enjoy the rest of the wonderful artwork and quality story-telling.


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TL;DR

The Elemental Balance is a weirdly awesome mash-up of science, superpowers, and humanity that will leave most readers vying for more. It’s well-written, with just enough suspense to have a thrill for your experience. I’d recommend it to anyone who doesn’t get too hung up on facial designs and can enjoy the rest of the wonderful artwork and quality story-telling.