Series: Dark Spaces: Wildfire
Author: Scott Snyder
Artist: Hayden Sherman
Colorist: Ronda Pattison
Letterer: Andworld Design
Released: July 20, 2022
Dark Spaces: Wildfire #1 is the first issue in a new series by Scott Snyder and Hayden Sherman, so I had to give it a try! Set during the Arroyo Fire, this series covers a group of inmate firefighters – and the dangers (plus temptations) they will face alongside the smoke and ash.
Dark Spaces: Wildfire #1 is a solid start to the series. Right away, readers are pulled into the story. Granted, it would be challenging for a fire not to catch our attention. Combine that with our leading lady’s regrets, and it becomes impossible to look away from.
I’m thrilled to see Scott Snyder experimenting with different stories. Obviously, Dark Spaces: Wildfire #1 is only one of several projects he’s currently working on, but it was enough to get me curious.
Much of this first issue is spent setting the scene. We have the in-media res intro, which then morphs into a brief overview of the job (and the risks), followed by some time spent getting to know the main characters. It’s very well-balanced, setting the series off on the right foot.
From here on out, it’ll be much easier to care about the characters and the situation they are likely about to get themselves into.
Dark Spaces: Wildfire #1 has some brilliant artwork to complement such an intense story. Actually, I’m fairly certain that the story wouldn’t be quite as intense without the help of the artists Hayden Sherman (pencils), Ronda Pattison (colors), and Andworld Design (letters).
The character designs are brilliant – they have that rougher quality but feel so very real. Combine that with the bold and bright colors, and you have the recipe for a story that is visually appealing – and memorable.
I’m always fond of seeing what letters will do with a series such as this, and Andworld Design did not disappoint. I love the subtlety and care shown in the placement and styles. It’s the little things that really make the lettering shine here.
All things said and done; I think Dark Spaces: Wildfire #1 is a really solid start to this series. It’s already making me a bit sad that there will only be four more issues following this one. I could have gotten used to a whole lot more of this!
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