ADVANCED REVIEW: ‘The Freeze,’ Issue #1

Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Freeze #1

The Freeze is written by Dan Wickline, with art by Phillip Sevy, lettering by Troy Peteri and published by Image Comics with Top Cow. The Freeze #1 starts off with a bang. Without giving away to many details, the story starts off with a military situation that was confusing to follow. After completion of the mission, we are introduced to our main protagonist, Ray Adams. Things seem to be a normal day until Ray has to fix something in the office. Upon doing so, he comes to a realization that the entire human population is frozen except him. While he has the power to unfreeze them, he is left wondering how to set things right again and if he should.

Phillip Sevy’s work with the coloring is superb with the great usage of highlights and bold colors to add dramatic emphasis to the characters. The atmosphere that’s developed in the larger scenes is amazing and done to show scope, action, and emotion of the overall story. Dan Wickline’s story is gripping and had me eager to know more about what is going on in this world and with the current phenomenon, that seems to be unexplainable. The pacing is very well done and the story did not feel rushed or too slow. The panels are large enough to have everything that needed to fit in it, in it. Troy Peteri did an amazing job on the lettering. They’re large enough to read without needing to make the screen larger and didn’t have to try to decipher anything as spacing was done nicely as well.

There isn’t much action in what I read, but all that’s done with the writing and art gives you a sense of the drama. It’s conveyed in scope, larger scenes that help the reader understand what’s going on is a macro situation rather than a contained micro situation. After reading The Freeze #1 I had this sense of dread looming over me because part of me wants to know how this happened, but also part of me wants to know if anyone else is dealing with the struggles that Ray Adams is experiencing anywhere else in the world simultaneously. Yet I am also eager to read the next issue of The Freeze.

The Freeze will be available at comic stores everywhere December 5, 2018

The Freeze
4.5

TL;DR

There isn’t much action in what I read, but all that’s done with the writing and art gives you a sense of the drama.