Here’s a situation for you to ponder: everyone in the world but you is frozen in some form of stasis and you alone have the power to unfreeze them with your touch.
You have no idea the impact waking people “will benefit the new world or indulge their darkest inclinations”1
What do you do?
This is the predicament Ray Adams—a small cog in the corporate America machine—finds himself in after the world stops, literally.
A Sole-Survivor Post-Apocalyptic Story with A Twist
Writer Dan Wickline’s script is an excellent twist on the post-apocalyptic sole-survivor trope and it never once feels cliché. To wit, it’s not an easily predictable story.
In fact, Wickline’s script leaves us with many unanswered questions after turning the final page of Freeze #1.
And while I won’t go into what those questions are—no spoilers here!—I will say, he’s given us just enough detail to move the story along and keep us wanting more.
Wickline’s protagonist, Ray Adams is easy to relate to and the flashback makes him easy to like—takes care of his Momma and loves his doggo.
In short, he’s an ordinary dude thrust into an extraordinary situation.
Fantastic Art With a Classic Look
The first four pages of Freeze #1 have a cinematic feel with as we get right into the action. Phillip Sevy’s art pops out from the black background pages in a way a white background wouldn’t. An excellent design choice.
And then my favourite part of the book: the classic 9-panel grid.
After the introductory pages, Sevy’s makes excellent use of the classic layout to further tell the story of Freeze #1.
What’s great about the layout is how easily it promotes an even pace to Wickline’s tale.
The color choices are perfect; the muted realistic colors work wonderfully for this story’s setting. Now, a global freezing phenomenon is high-concept Sci-Fi, but Sevy certainly makes it look like it could happen.
Troy Peteri’s letters here are excellent; His last speech balloon is a perfect example of how letterers—and in this case, their use of font size—can show the gravity of a situation.
Final Thoughts: Freeze #1
The final page of the story is an extraordinarily good summation of the concept of Freeze and a fine representation of teamwork.
Script, art, letters, and design all come together to create an impressive full-bleed page.
The team behind Freeze #1 is definitely on the same page and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for readers.