Infinite Dark #1
Writer: Ryan Cady
Artist: Andrea Mutti
Colorist: K. Michael Russell
Letterer: Troy Peteri of A Larger World
Publisher: Top Cow Productions (Image Comics imprint)
Release Date: October 10, 2018
Pulp Nation Rating: 10
You think we’ve got problems now?
In Infinite Dark #1, it’s the end of the universe, and not just as we know it. The universe is gone.
Less than 2000 people survived. And they only reason they did was that they were at the edge of the universe building The Orpheus. Meant to save humans when the universe experienced heat death, The Orpheus was a safe place for humans to live until they found another suitable place to live.
And even though Security Director Deva Karrell and the crew were able to successfully complete The Orpheus, she carries a whole universe’s worth of survivor’s guilt because nobody made it there in time.
But something is happening, and it threatens to destroy the survivors.
The problem is, nobody knows what that something is.
We Are Alone in The Universe, Maybe
Ryan Cady’s script about the death of the universe and it’s implications on the few people left behind triggered me—as the kids say.
He didn’t just pull on the heartstrings; he snapped them in half. I recently wrote a review for Death Orb #1, that spoke about one of my greatest fears (being alone in a vast wasteland without knowing where my loved ones were or if they were even ok).
Infinite Dark #1 takes that fear to a whole new level. Imagine, you’re on the edge of the universe building a structure to save mankind and your family never makes it. I mean, just the thought and my heart races.
And although there are those who might not believe a space station built along the edge of the universe is possible, the story itself is plausible; that’s scary in its own right, don’t you think?
Its a horror comic because we don’t know what to be scared of. Cady taps into people’s worst fear: the fear of the unknown, and what we don’t know can be horrifying.
The denizens of The Orpheus live in the void, also called the Cold Black. It’s dark, bleak, and horrifying.
Andrea Mutti is not just the artist in Infinite Dark #1, he’s the cinematographer. He’s taken Cady’s vision—a piece of excellence on its own—and breathed life into the darkness of the void. His line work is strong and matches the realistic tone of the script. It makes me thankful that I’m earthbound.
One particular panel that struck me was Deva’s therapy sessions juxtaposed with her visions of the colony ships exploding behind her. Beautiful and powerful.
There’s no natural light in the void and K. Michael Russell’s colors are very well-done and thought out. The panels featuring The Orpheus’ interior colors have a faint, computer-monitor type feel that one might expect when most people never leave the safety of the station.
Further, the fiery orange glow of explosions pop in the darkness of space. That same glow when Deva recognizes something has gone terribly wrong gives off a similar vibe. It’s as if, you can see her brain synapses firing. Did anyone else get shivers or was that just me?
The lettering of Troy Peteri is unobtrusive and exquisitely complements the script and artwork of this introductory issue. Not only does he have human speech and thoughts to showcase, he also has to deal with a computer A.I. that communicates with the crew. As is my habit, I don’t want to give you too many details and it’s not really a spoiler but I hope you enjoy the subtle touches for the A.I. as much as I did.
Infinite Dark #1: Final Thoughts
Considering what may happen billions of years from now—Heat Death being one of a few possible scenarios—it seems silly worrying about my first world problems, especially after reading this book. While it belongs to the horror genre, it’s was written not just to scare you; it makes you think.
In Dispatches from the Void—Cady’s missive after the issue ends—Cady says “Horror as a genre is a kind of balm for our wounded psyches.”
I’ve had my share of depressive episodes and I’ll tell you something; in the past, horror films—and I’m not talking about slasher films, rather the horror of the unknown—have provided a distraction that helped me overcome those episodes.
It’s like Cady says later on; horror can, “just give us some blessedly big distraction when it seems like own brains are more threatening than anything on the screen could be.”
That hit me right in the feels.
I would encourage you to read this issue. Pick it up before it’s too late!