Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review - Headspace #2


"You never stop loving your kids but that doesn't mean you can't sometimes hate them, too."

The mind can be a pretty scary place at times. It's even scarier when you're in someone else's mind, fighting to survive and find your presumed dead son. It's a story that continues in Headspace #2 from Monkeybrain Comics. The issue is written by Ryan K. Lindsay and illustrated by Eric Zawadzki.

The mind is a pretty crazy place to live in, especially when it's someone else's. Shane has found that to be the case, as he continues to run through the mind of Max Johnson, someone with quite a vivid imagination. He's made it a point to make an escape from the carnival of nightmares and he stumbles upon someone who might just be able to get him out alive. The thing is, just about everything else he's encountered so far has tried to kill him, making the decision to trust the stranger that much more complicated.

Lindsay maintains the somewhat frenetic and erratic tone of the first issue in a positive way. Shane continues to be a man fighting two fronts of the same war: finding his son and escaping the mad world he's found himself in. Lindsay does a great job depicting that, offering Shane as a hero that you want to root for. He's fighting for two very valiant causes and the obstacles he must overcome are truly creative, keeping the readers attention throughout. The issue is short though, which might be the one drawback; it moves along especially fast and is over before you realize it.

Zawadzki seems to have a great grasp on Lindsay's story, offering illustrations that demonstrate a full gamut of what the mind is capable of conceiving. Sure, he's adapting a script, but he really infuses it with his own brand of creativity that makes the book feel surreal. The issue takes place in the mind and some of the creations that Zawadzki show really make the reader feel uncomfortable with the situation that Shane is dealing with. That's a good thing too, because it really gives the reader more to pull for when reading the issue.

Headspace #2 lives up to its billing of taking the reader into a pretty terrifying space in one's head. Shane is a man with as many questions as terrible things he encounters in the mind of a bad man. Lindsay's writing is pretty inventive and asks that the reader delve into their own minds a little bit. Zawadzki's art is pretty evocative and successfully presents the reader with images that fully encompass the terror that Shane is going through. You really want Shane to succeed, find his son and get out of the madness, but things continue to look more and more bleak for the hero of the story.

Headspace #2 is available now via Comixology.

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