Image has been on a bit of a roll of late with their release of hit independent comic series. Chew proved to be a blockbuster that gets bigger every month and the recent Morning Glories is following much the same trend. Now another new series looks to take the same track: an up & coming writer, a relatively unknown artist, and a strange concept behind it.
This time that book is called Memoir.
The concept is definitely high: ten years ago, a town suddenly lost all its memories. Now a reporter has came to the city to try to unravel the mystery of that strange day. But the town seems protective of its past, while a few residents seem more than a little crazy. Things are complicated by a mysterious emailer that remembers the day, but only talks in cryptic messages.
Writer Ben McCool has recently received rave reviews for his other Image title Choker as well as written a couple books for Marvel. Memoir is his first book to receive a high level of buzz in the aftermath of past Image books. In the first issue, he weaves an interesting character portrait of Trent McGowan while also building suspense with the strange standoffish attitudes of the townspeople. All this builds to a shock discovery near the end of the first issue that sets up the remaining issues of the limited series.
Artist Nikki Cook has even less material published than her writing partner. Outside of an issue of Vertigo’s DMZ, a web comic that seems to have fallen off the web, and a few anthology appearances, she remains relatively unknown. Her style can probably be best described as a cross between Cameron Stewart and Dan Clowes. She’s got a definite indie style that leads to a few strange poses here and there, but her expressive faces help convey real depth to the characters.
Of course, the first issue also features a beautiful cover by John Cassaday, which can be seen to the left of this page.
Memoir is scheduled to be a six issue limited series and like most Image titles, will probably be collected shortly after its run ends. But I highly recommend everyone pick up and support this title as single issues. Monthly comics are great for building suspense. McCool and Cook seem poised to exploit that fact to the fullest.
Image has a five page preview available now.
Contact your local comic shop (Alter Ego here in Cedar Rapids) and pick up your copy now before it sells out.