It’s time for another review!
This week we have Cognetic #1 from Boom! Studios. It’s written by James Tynion IV, with art by Eryk Donovan. It was colored by Juan Manuel Tumburus, and lettered by Steve Wands. Edits were done by Jasmine Amiri (associate) and Eric Harburn (editor).
As always, we’re using the Prince song system: Adore means buy it, Beautiful Strange means take it or leave it, and When Doves Cry means don’t buy it.
Ready? Let’s go!
Cognetic is a story about the end of the world. An old, powerful psychic entity is causing people to kill themselves in order to prove a point, and it’s up to another entity to stop them.
It’s pretty simple on the face of it. Stories should be simple. It’s all in the execution.
And this execution is remarkable.
The story grabbed me from P2. It was interesting. P1 was something of a weak setup, but after that, I was engrossed. It just pulled me in. This is mainly because of the dialogue (which both revealed character and pushed the story forward, even though it didn’t necessarily seem to at the time) and the characterization shown. Concepts are explored that make you think, and that’s always a good thing.
The art was good, though a tad distracting to me. Donovan’s style is a bit different. The anatomy isn’t all over the place, but the characters seem to be a bit bobble-headed. If this were the 80s, I’d say “voodoo on a stick.” The heads are noticeably bigger than the bodies on the humans, and while it isn’t very distracting, I can’t say that I’m in love with it. But he has great storytelling chops. I was never lost in reading the comic.
The coloring is definitely complimentary. Sometimes, the art doesn’t take the color into true consideration (people who are possessed by the entity have all-black eyes, and that can be difficult to see at times), but the Juan does a spectacular job with what he’s given.
Steve Wands deserves a special shout here. There are three things going on here: regular dialogue, dialogue of the possessed, and text messages. Regular dialogue is just that, but the dialogue of the possessed show up in blue. Simple. But then the text messages threw me off a bit, because they came early in the story, after the blue of the possessed, and it seemed like it could have been another type of communication other than what it was. It didn’t take me long to catch up, though. But the three forms of communication were handled very, very well.
I don’t think the editors had much to do here. The story has some different locations, but except for NYC, I don’t think the locations matter that much. It doesn’t take away from the story at all. I think that the editors just had to sit back and let these creators tell their story, maybe with a small nudge here and there. It seemed very effortless. Tynion knows the story he wants to tell, and Donovan came through in spades.
Final Verdict: Adore.