Kroma #1 ADVANCE REVIEW: A stunning display of visuals from a twisty, thought provoking book.


Creator / Writer / Artist: Lorenzo De Felici, Letterer: Rus Wooton.

 

“May colour stay out of your dreams”. A blessing and a reminder for the people of the pale city. Many moons ago, a greedy man wanted to invent a new colour which angered the king of colours. In response to this, he sent large lizards to devour the people. Now generations apart, they have driven colour away from their skin and lives to protect themselves from the lizards. Every 10 moons though, they perform a ritual. They let a monster free to remind them all why they live the way they do. However, Zet, a young Makka in training, is starting to feel there is more to life than grey and is determined to seek out the answers to his lineage and the town's history.


Kroma was another book that I had no idea about. I picked up the first issue as I was intrigued by the cover. As soon as I saw the first panel I was hooked. The panel (shown above) was so bright that I was slightly hypnotised by it. The colours get darker as the page goes on, and then by the end of the second you have faint colours surrounded by grey. Which is where the mystery comes in. Everything was so dull. That is the point as we later find out in the book. What an incredible story to tell. I was convinced we had another instance of either an unreliable narrator, or where the people of the town are just being deluded. However, Lorenzo De Felici manages to answer my questions within the book and then give me pause to raise more. This is a tale that has twists and turns and I am excited to see what comes from it.

 

The second thing that I noticed about the book was the length. At 48 pages, it’s great value for money. The study is great and there’s a lot of it here. So compared to other books, you get a lot for your money, which is something I appreciate.

 

 

So the art: this is the best part of the book as its colour or lack of is woven into the story. This makes the colours stand out more when they are on the panel. As I said, the first panel just burns your retina from being so bright and then it slowly fades, which matches the tone of the book. The people are frightened by any bright colour, making them more comfortable with the dusky grey. This is now the normal thing for them which just makes it even stranger for us as the reader. I couldn’t help but think of Schindler's List (Spielberg, 1994), as the uses of colour there are utilised for dramatic purpose. Now the subject matter isn’t that extreme, but the way the colour is used is in the same vein.

 

Also, I want to say how impressed I was with Lorenzo, as I have stated before, there aren’t many people that can do everything by themselves. So to do things well like that stands out for me. So Lorenzo is in very good company with a selected few who can do that well.

 

Overall, this was a well crafted and engaging story that was made even more special by the art. This is a standout book and one that I had very little knowledge on, so feels like a hidden gem. With such a dramatic end I can’t wait to see how the story continues. An easy 4 POPs out of 5 after a very good first issue.



Kroma issue 1 will be released from Image Comics on 16th November from your Local Comic Shop as well as comixology


 

Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man.This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.

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