September 15, 2017 • Cee • Comics

Comic Firsts

Comic Firsts, a feature where I talk about the first issues of comics that I’ve bought, received, or borrowed. It’s all about first impressions, what I like or didn’t like about the issue, and whether I would keep reading it beyond the first issue.

COPPERHEAD WRITER JAY FAERBER TEAMS WITH RISING STAR SUMEYYE KESGIN TO UNVEIL ELSEWHERE: THE FANTASTIC STORY OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO AMELIA EARHART!

Mysteriously transported to a strange new world filled with flying beasts and alien civilizations, Amelia desperately struggles to return home. Along the way, she forges alliances and makes enemies as she goes from aviator to freedom fighter in a rebellion against a merciless warlord!— Image Comics

Whatever happened to Amelia Earhart, the whole world has been asking since her disappearance.

Wonder no more because Elsewhere tells us that Amelia…well, she’s not Kansas or anything remotely familiar to Earth.

Elsewhere #1 starts off with two characters in —a pair of rebels—escaping through a sewer of what we can assume is connected to a prison. These characters with face markings named Cort and Tavel hear shouts of help and run to help (despite they are on the run), and lo and behold, Amelia Earhart in all her glory with her parachute stuck in a free. What the hell is she doing on this world?

  • Elsewhere shows you what happens to missing historical figures.

Missing people brings a lot of mystery and speculation. What happened to these people? How did they just mysteriously disappear? Where did they go? That’s what Elsewhere is about but with a fantastical twist.

For decades, people have speculated about Amelia Earhart’s disappearance—her plane was shot down by the Japanese and she was taken prisoner; she and Fred Noonan were traded on an island; and she survived her plane crashed and assumed a new identity. Here is Amelia in a world that’s not Earth with islands in the air and dragon-pterodactyls. She may be in a foreign world, but she is ready to roll her sleeves up and find her navigator Fred Noonan even if it’s dangerous.

Other missing people will show up too, and it’ll be quite a shock and very strange.

  • You get rebels.

It’s not quite a party until you have rebels. Cort and Tavel, a pair of rebels, had been captured and imprisoned at Lord Kragen’s fortress. There isn’t too much about what is going on with this world, but Lord Kragen is the villain in this comic. I’m interested to see how their story and Amelia’s story complement each other. They don’t seem like their stories will mesh well, but looks are deceiving, and odd coupling are always the best.

  • The art is familiar.

Everything that Amelia encounters (and we see) are things that will look familiar.

Sumeyye Kesgin has great command of her art, especially when it comes to facial expressions. Ron Riley adds so much to the art with his colors. The art takes a blue and purple hue to further emphasize this foreign world. You know that this is not Earth, but a total out-of-this-world foreign place that is full of strangeness. I don’t quite like that the non-human characters and the creatures are ones that are recognizable to Earth-like creatures. They aren’t quite strange, and I wanted more strangeness and for them to be very unrecognizable.

Who will enjoy reading Elsewhere? History lovers. People who are fascinated by Amelia Earhart conspiracy theories. Fantasy.

Will I continue reading Elsewhere? Maybe? Elsewhere is strange, but it doesn’t standout as a comic that I’m anticipating next month. However, where we left off at the end of the first issue is enough to make me want to learn what the hell is going on.

Thank you to Image Comics for sending me this comic for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the comic or the content of my review.
Are you convinced? Go buy Elsewhere #1 from your local comic book store, or these online retailers: Comixology · Midtown Comics · TFAW.
Are you intrigued by what happened to Amelia Earhart? Will you be reading Elsewhere #1?

 


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