Synopsis: Frank Braffort has returned from war suffering from PTSD, but he is thrown headfirst into a terrifying new reality where phenomena, called Anomalies, appear out of nowhere. Facing this mysterious and lethal enemy, Braffort is called on to go into battle once again for the safety of the city!
Review: This first issue of Masked gives us the backstory of Frank Braffort and how he was forced to leave the army when his superior officer pretty much outright lied in a report and discredited the soldier.
The comic is set in the near future and the world has been hit with a series of anomalies, which are creating chaos. The political situation is one that encourages total apathy and there is a pirate hologram broadcast being played throughout Paris, which is doing all it can to get the truth out to the people.
Frank is now living with his younger sister in Paris and is struggling to assimilate back into civilian life.
Thing change however when his old Army buddy shows up with a new opportunity, which will see Frank going up against the same enemy that pretty much ruined his military career. The anomalies.
The world set up in this comic has shades of Blade Runner to it with regards to flying cars and such, but it also has a futuristic steampunk feel to it.
Narratively speaking nothing much happens in this first issue due it it being set up, but the set up alone will be enough to keep most fans of science fiction interested.
Serge Lehman’s characters are interesting and fun and the anomalies will likely have readers speculating and trying to figure out there origins. To that end its cool that there is a few pages at the end of the book, which talk about the mythology and explain a little about the anomalies.
Art wise Stephane Crety & John McCrae make for a good team. There are a few cool single splash pages in the issue and the visuals, which show the worn torn battle fields at the beginning of the book are visceral and strong.
For a first issue. This does the job perfectly and it is a comic that I will most likely follow in the months to come.
- Art Work9.3