The past is Green. The present is Purple. The future is Blue. The Meld is something else entirely.
These words splash over the inside cover page of Dark Horse’s Ei8ht, giving readers this sense of adventure to be held in the pages inside. When you’re dealing with time travel, anything can happen. Yes, even that. Don’t do that. You wouldn’t want to do that. Who knows what you could do?! Sorry…back to the point of this…
Welcome to the Meld, an inhospitable dimension in time where Joshua, a chrononaut, finds himself trapped. With no memory or feedback from the team of scientists that sent him, he can’t count on anything but his heart and a stranger’s voice to guide him to his destiny.
Some description, eh? My local comic book shop recommended that I pick up Ei8ht and I cannot thank the folks there enough for the recommendation. Why? Well, this comic just has something to it that is intriguing. You want to know what is going on, but don’t. You know there is something wrong with the time in the book, you feel for what the character, Joshua, is going through, and most of all, it’s a fun read. I mean, it has dinosaurs!
I think the biggest intrigue for this book is the art and the color. The inside cover acts both as a way to draw you into the cover but also give you an important bit of information. Time is in colors. If you are in a specific time, you’ll see a specific color. As you can see from the photo above, there are two different time periods presented. The Yellow- The Meld. The Blue- the Future.
The colors you see above? The only color in the book. There is a hint of red in other panels (spoilers) but beyond that, the only colors in this one issue are the blue and yellow. I find this incredible! The fact that the art and colors by Rafael Albuquerque can hold up on every page and not knock you out of focus show a great concept done incredibly well.
I don’t want to give away anything in the story, but I definitely cannot wait until Issue 2. I want more colors, I want more time, and I want to just have more Ei8ht in my comic reading life. Issue #1: 4 out of 5 stars.
Ei8ht is from Image Comics and can be found in your local comic book store for $3.50. The first run has sold out, but a second printing is on the way!