Christopher Sebela is very quickly becoming one of my favourite comic book writers around, his work on Crowded (which you should go and read ASAP!) was unique, interesting, and powered by an amazing premise, and it’s great to see that his new project Trust Fall lives in that same arena. This first issue is ripe with surprises and intrigue, with an accompaniment of great-looking art by Chris Vision; who has a particularly real hand-drawn style, which is refreshing from the usual digital style that saturates the world of comic books.
The first issue introduces us to the main character, Ash Parsons, who is a somewhat unique individual in this world with an interesting quirk; she can teleport items and people at will, but not herself. This talent is nothing but valuable to her family, The Parsons, who are a group of criminals looking to achieve a higher status in life, and have ended up in control of Ash’s life because of it. The first issue revolves around the Parsons trying to get into Dead Flag – a much higher criminal organisation that’s shrouded in mystery but would clearly be a great thing for them, and it also revolves around Ash obsessing with the Wild — which is essentially the real world outside of her family. It’s an interesting plot that has a lot of potential, with an equally interesting myriad of lore powering it, but I will say that it is a bit chaotic at times. The art is so dynamic and the words are sometimes so cryptic that you have to really pay attention to gleam the information you need. Especially if you’re a casual comic reader, like myself.
Onto character though, the story follows Ash, who is your typical caged-bird trope, which is what makes her an interesting character. Her powers have been great for moving her family up to better ranks, but it has left Ash feeling trapped — she can’t even leave the house without someone coming to retrieve her, and she’s not allowed to know much about the outside world. What’s really interesting about her though is her inquisitive nature, she’s constantly asking questions about the Wild and there’s a really strong impression that the answers she’s getting have been manipulated by her family, to keep her in line. Trust Fall is all about Ash, who has more power than anyone else in her family, but is the one kept on a short leash. It’s going to be interesting following her character along for this one, and I can’t wait to see how she develops with the story, but I highly suspect that it will be about her breaking free and finding her own feet.
The art style is fantastic and I could sing its praises all day. The designs of the characters are on point and unique, and the world around the characters looks so gritty and despondent but suitably mature. I will say this though, sometimes the art does feel like staring into oncoming headlights on a dark road — it is so dynamic that the panels don’t feel like they have any real borders, and you’ll find that words and actions go across multiple panels. Chaos. But good chaos. Don’t get me wrong, this is both great to see and very artistic, but it doesn’t make the comic a casual read, you have to pay attention to what’s going on, and often go back and clarify something you thought you knew as well.
To round it all off though, I’d highly recommend going out and getting the first issue of Trust Fall. If you’re a fan of a unique artistic style with a promising premise, chances are you’ll really enjoy this first issue. I know I did. It’s available right now on Comixology, and I’ll provide a link to that page below! Trust Fall is beautifully complex and chaotic; from the way the pages are presented, to how the characters act, to the backgrounds and dialogue and more, and I have no doubts that it will find its audience.
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