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Comic Review: Translucid #1

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 6:00 am by Heather Antos

translucid-1-jeff-stokely-coverWritten By: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert

Art By: Daniel Bayless

Colors By: Adam Metcalfe

Letters By: Ed Dukeshire

Published By: BOOM! Studios

 

 

 

 

When it came to my predictions for BOOM! Studios latest series I had none – and if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my years of following the Coheed and Cambria front man, you never know what to expect, but it’s always good. And in the case of Translucid #1? Well, all I can say is wow!

Holy Mother of the Children of the f*¢ʞ!ñ§ Fence wow!

Writing duo (and real life super team of husband and wife) Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert have taken my mind from this reality and rocketed it into the next.

Translucid #1 is that good.

Without giving too much away (because seriously, you need to read this), Translucid #1 is a fast paced, dark, and gritty look at the fine line between heroics and villainy, while also teasing the tale of childhood innocence, hope, and loss. With the death of hundreds, possibly thousands of lives, the Navigator must try and rescue his arch-nemesis from the destruction of the Big Apple’s most beloved landmark.  But with the under lining subplot that this could all be just an act of escapism is where the true twist of Translucid #1 lies.

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Sanchez and Echert have already proven themselves a writing force to be reckoned with with their previous work in Key of Z and Kill AudioTranslucid #1, however, has skyrocketed them to a whole new playing field. Right from the very start this issue has readers turning page after page, jumping from reality to imagination, and fading the thin line that divides them. This writing duo has decided to try their hand at the deconstruction of hero and villain, and man do they have a twist in store for readers! Translucid #1 only has me begging for more in the next five issues to come!

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There could not have been a better pairing, artistically, for Translucid #1 than Daniel Bayless and Adam Metcalfe. Bayless sets the tone for this imaginative issue with his crisp and detailed perspective, while Metcalfe paints the rainbow of colors for Sanchez and Echert’s world. Both artists have done a tremendous job with Translucid #1, particularly colorist Adam Metcalfe. Metcalfe chose a very unique color palette for the world of superhero and villain, a color palette, that if not placed so perfectly, might look out of place in other world. The bright hues of imagination stand out against the pale, neutral tones of reality, only strengthen the story at hand. Translucid #1 is not only a great read, but a fantastic artistic display of this fine creative team!

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With a superhero that deems his arch-nemesis to be his only friend and a boy whose imagination is his only protection from the monsters living in his reality, Sanchez and Echert’s Translucid #1 is one of the most fascinating and captivating first issues I have ever had the pleasure of reading. With Bayless and Metcalfe’s insanely gifted artistic talents, what’s not to love? Translucid #1 is as good as it gets. And though it may still be early to say, I have a feeling Translucid is a series that will have people talking for years to come!

Story: 10/10

Art: 10/10

Overall: 10/10

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