Art by Michael Avon Oeming (@Oeming)
Lettering by Clem Robins (@ClemRobins)
Cave Carson is facing the loss of his wife and trying to hold himself, his job, and what’s left of his family together. The weight of this event along with his absence from spelunking with EBX has drained Cave Carson’s demeanor. He’s depressed and his daughter, along with friends and colleagues, are trying to get him out of his funk. This is all slowly building, ultimately dragging, to an action sequence with a sci-fi monster straight from the pulp pages.
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While the opening is a testament to the initial stage of grief, the rest of the comic lumbers along to really shape the world that Cave has abandoned. His work is hugely important because it ties to his family’s involvement. There’s a video of his daughter training with his wife which shows Carson’s parenting philosophy. The video also shows Carson’s family and fleshes out his daughter Chloe’s back history all while gaining some insight into how the family was prior to his wife’s death.
It’s a slow burn and structurally clunky, especially in the third act which provides a large part of action and the intrigue of the series. The main focus of the issue is to introduce the world, but it does so at the pace of Cave recovering from his depression and grief then rushing the action. It’s too jarring for a comic that itself could be considered an acquired taste. While the rest of DC’s Young Animal line has made sure to relentlessly pull its readers into their world and provide more than a flagrant premise, this takes its time to brood in the context of its themes.
Wait and See. The issue is an interesting start, but it lacks the grip that other DC’s Young Animal Imprints have generated. It’s a comic that is true to the imprint, but its execution proves to be a good comic in the company of great ones. I’d recommended waiting to see if it paces the plot a little more evenly and even picking up its second issue to see how it improves. The writing is promising and the art is a gorgeous and great companion. If it finds its footing with this premise, the comic will surely be another hit for the new imprint.