Writers: Daniel Quantz and R.J. Ryan | Artist: David Marquez | Cover: Michael Dahan | Publisher: Archaia
Created by Blake Leibel
What Is It About?
Neuropathologist, Dr. Wolfe Brunswick makes a breakthrough and has discovered how to isolate the root of all evil within the human mind and now will stop at nothing to advance his theory, no matter the cost.
If there was ever a creepier cover in comics – I don’t know what it is than the cover art for Archaia’s Syndrome. I like the simple, yet disturbing cover art created by Michael Dahan because it definitely sets up a mood for what you are about to read. Syndrome is a book I’ve heard a little bit of buzz about, but only enough to make me remember the name and that it was something I should probably keep an eye out for.
The book opens up with an execution of Thomas Kane, a serial killer known as ‘the Bible Killer’. Kane is a horrible person with no remorse for the murders that he has committed. The story you find in this issue is can a man with such evil tendencies be “cured” of his evil ways? Can you take a man who looks at his actions as entertainment and cause him to just realize those actions are indeed evil, but that he would never make those decisions again because he did not have those impulses again. This premise is a fascinating one, and Daniel Quantz and R.J. Ryan do an incredible job at putting together a story that poses a great deal of questions and provides some very intriguing answers.
I think the best parts of this book are the characters themselves that Quantz and Ryan have written for this book. While they all come with their own eccentric characteristics, none of them seem too over the top. The ones that seem as if they might be need to be written that way because they are incredibly dynamic. The production designer, Alexi Conta, is probably my favorite in the book because he may be rude and egotistical at times, but there’s something about him that made me laugh when he spoke to the other characters.
The art in this book is pretty good. There are some panels and pages that artist, David Marquez really knocked it out of the park, and there are others that are just pretty good. I don’t say that to say the art is not good throughout the whole book – it is. But there are some areas I like more than others. I love that you can really get inside of Marquez’s art with the slightly oversized pages. Marquez has a great eye for the facial expressions of the characters in this book. Each one is so expressive; you sometimes do not need the dialogue to know what they are saying, which for me is a sign of a solid storyteller.
Overall, this is a great graphic novel from the writing to the artwork to the packaging. I do realize this is a book that is for mature readers only. There is a good deal of graphic violence, adult language, and a bit of nudity. I think there’s a balance to what is in this book and its subject matter. It’s not for everyone, but it is a well done book and worth checking out and I will recommend it for sure.
This is an advance review of a book that is solicited to be released on September 1, 2010. The Syndrome graphic novel was provided to Comic Addiction by the publisher for review purposes.