ADVANCED REVIEW: ‘EVERFROST,’ Issue #1

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Everfrost #1

EVERFROST #1 is a sci-fi miniseries from writer Sami Kivela, penciler Ryan K Lindsay, artist Lauren Affe and letterer Jim Campbell—the smash-hit team behind BEAUTIFUL CANVAS, CHUM, and DEER EDITOR. Published by Blackmask, this science-fiction mind-bender is like nothing you have ever read before.

EVERFROST #1 is set in a dystopic future, where the top half of the world was destroyed when a god fell from the stars and decomposed on our soil. Our protagonist, Van, accompanied by her companion Eight, is researching the species that frequent this god’s corpse.

The rest of the story becomes slightly confusing. A race called The Bloom is at war with The Warlords of The Ward over information, and they want to rebuild society as it once was. At the same time, the clones of Van’s son are turned into a kill squad for demonstration. After some interesting reveals and plot set-up, the story leaves off with the Van and Eight seeking answers on how to escape this planet and the mysterious cloning of her son while The Bloom figure out ways to infiltrate The Ward.

I will admit that this issue was hard to read at times. That is not to say that Kiyela’s writing is poor because, quite frankly, a lot of it is written as quotable poetry. It is just that the writing felt extremely obscure at times which makes a lot of the sentiment hollow, and it just reads ominously.

Granted, there is clearly an enormous amount of lore that was thought up for this story. It was hard to get my footing in this issue because of how much there was to take in. This could be a story that reads famously in a trade paperback but is confusing in single issues.

In my opinion, the pacing seems to have gotten into first gear on the last page. Where all our characters are finally gaining purpose in the story that we are present for. The plot is slightly convoluted, but the pieces are there. But piecing this puzzle together may require a little extra work.

Lindsay’s art was remarkably unique, and I think served this story perfectly. The moments in which emotion were portrayed absolutely shined brilliantly from the page while also delivering a great action sequence in this issue.

The colors had to be my favorite aspect of this issue. A lot of softer tones used throughout these pages allowed not only the story to flourish in its own right but for the art to show off as well. The letters were impressive as well. There were three different lettering fonts used in this issue, and each one was used to convey change perfectly. Whether it was to depict a new character or the dialogue, it was all used perfectly. 

All in all, this issue was certainly interesting, but a lot of the excitement about a new first issue was quickly replaced with confusion and trying to find my footing in this new world. This series has great potential, that is certain, but currently, the first issue felt like a misfire. I will definitely be checking back in with this series in hopes that I may eat my own words.

EVERFROST #1 is available where comics are sold on June 1st, 2021.

EVERFROST #1
2.5

TL;DR

All in all, this issue was certainly interesting, but a lot of the excitement about a new first issue was quickly replaced with confusion and trying to find my footing in this new world. This series has great potential, that is certain, but currently, the first issue felt like a misfire. I will definitely be checking back in with this series in hopes that I may eat my own words.