Memorial #1

Memorial #1

Writer: Chris Roberson Artist: Rich Ellis Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: December 21, 2011 Critic Reviews: 6
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  • 8.0
    IGN - Joey Esposito Dec 21, 2011

    Without a doubt, the work of Rich Ellis steals the show here. Each panel is rich with detail " just check out the background objects once Em enters the antique shop and you'll see what I mean " and his knack for body language is impeccable. Despite Roberson being a little light on characterization in this issue, Ellis picks up the slack with the way he positions his characters and blocks his scenes. The fundamentals of graphic storytelling is not something that Ellis lacks. It might sound silly, but the cat is a perfect example of Ellis' talent; attributing human emotion to an animal isn't easy, yet it's handled here with excellence. If the story or characters don't hook you immediately, the wonderful artwork surely will. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Dec 26, 2011

    Like most first issues these days, Memorial #1 is introduction and setup, but Roberson and Ellis introduce enough weird elements -- An evil ventriloquist's dummy! A land inhabited by fictional creatures! A bear statue with less-than-noble intent! -- to go along with the fantasy intrigue and keep me on board for the rest of the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Dec 21, 2011

    I had no idea this book existed until today and frankly I'mglad that I gave it a shot. If you're into mysteries and love series like Fables or House of Mystery then this is definitely a bookworth checking out. I also have to give kudos to IDW for putting this book outand hope to see similar efforts like this in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Dec 24, 2011

    Its a shame this book came out so close to the end of the year, because I could easily see it worthy of being on many best of 2011 lists if wed had a few more issues to sink our teeth into. But hey, theres always next year. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jan 15, 2012

    I liked the lighter tone Rich Ellis's linework maintains throughout the issue. Despite the over-the-top villainy of a couple of key villains, this isn't edgy, dark fare, nor should the creators strive for it to be. Ellis achieves a nice balance between the wonder of the storybook elements and the safe, mundane nature of the "real world" in which the heroine finds herself. The artist's portrayal of Em conveys a sense of innocence and friendliness. Michael W. Kaluta's cover, though lovely, brings far too much gravitas and realism to the property. Memorial's not anywhere as heavy or brooding as the Kaluta cover indicates. Of course, that's not the artist's failing, but rather a poor choice for the editorial folks at IDW. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Dec 31, 2011

    It's disappointing that Roberson has created a vista upon which anything can happen, and has ended up doing the same old thing. There's potential for infinite possibilities in later issues that can ease into the plot and characters with more grace and finesse, but I'll wait for the word of mouth on that. Read Full Review

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