Negative Space #4
Negative Space #4 (of 4)
Writer: Ryan K. Lindsay
Artist/Cover Artist: Owen Gieni
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
“My father used to have a saying, whether he was winning or losing. At the end of the game, all the pieces go back in the box.” -Negative Space #4
Negative Space #4 brings a peculiar ending to an outstanding comic. It’s a touching note that drives readers to think. To contemplate. While we might not live in a world threatened by monsters lurking in the depths of the oceans who thrive on our despair, we do live in a world that can be filled with pain and tragedy. And in that world, there are people who profit off of that pain. Hope can be the fleeting moment of victory that disappears in the face of reality. In the end, one person’s tragic end can mean happiness for all. So is the greater good really worth it? The fact that a comic can fire up deep questions like that is truly a mark of success. With Negative Space, Ryan K. Lindsay and Owen Gieni have hit a homerun.
In this final issue of the series, our main hero, Guy, stands on the precipice of taking down Kindred. Kindred is the very company orchestrating the world’s pain in order to fend off an unstoppable horde of monsters that lurk beneath the oceans. Guy himself is no stranger to despair, but he’s gone from suicidal, washed-up writer to the world’s savior. All he has to do is finish the job. Alas, that’s when the sucker punch comes.
It’s interesting how this series starting on such a dark note, swelled to a bright moment of hope and happiness, and then plunged darker than ever before. Guy has to make a decision, one of the greater good: take down Kindred and rid the world of this manufactured depression, or embrace it and lead their cause to victory? It’s sad, and yet it’s thought provoking. Guy becomes the hero, but there’s no happy ending. With a strange tale of horrific beasts, Ryan Lindsay does more to show the ugly face of reality than any normal fictional story could.
Putting the dot on the exclamation point is Owen Gieni’s beautiful artwork. From the tragic faces of Guy, to the horror of the world, he captures the emotion of the story and brings it to vivid life, magnifying the words and the message. It’s the capstone of the story and the selling point. From beauty to despair, it’s all captured wonderfully.
With these four brief issues, Negative Space #4 does more than many comic series can do with 12 or more issues. Furthermore, it tells a story that can withstand the test of time. Whether on a visual level or an intellectual one, this series strikes a chord and raises the bar. I give both this issue and the series as a whole a five out of five metal bikinis.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.