Dusk #1 Review
I'm not sure why Dusk works for me. It's a good argument for how much character can make up for. The investment I get in the characters makes up for an unclear premise and art I wasn't a fan of. In spite of all that, I find myself interested in what's next.
It starts with an unnecessary prologue, also known as any prologue. It introduces us to the planet, which is locked in place so one side is always in the light and the other is always in the dark. Seeing the astronauts discover the planet, however, adds nothing to the story.
When we get to the story, we hit characterization hard right away. There's a lot of exposition, but because it helps us to get to know our main characters Kaitlyn and Christina pretty quickly, I'm willing to let that go. Christina's the older sister, taking care of Kaitlyn now that their parents have died. We get Kaitlyn's guilt over that and her wonder at Dusk, and those immediately attach me to the character, enough to let the obvious class divide exposition slide by.
Then space cops!
No, really, in the middle of this story, we flash over to detectives trying to track down some missing kids, who may or may not have been kidnapped,. There's no real transition to it, a jarring jump to another story that has nothing to do with Christina and Kaitlyn.
Or maybe it does; I'm not sure. The characters and settings aren't differentiated enough. We have both scenes taking place in alleys at the same time, and they seem like they might be connected? It kind of looks like the same alley, and it seems like the same event is happening in both, but the art's unclear. In that scene, I don't know what I'm seeing. It's never clarified in the dialogue, so I'm not sure what happened, and that's a real problem.
But character can triumph over everything else. Despite my confusion, when it ends on a cliffhanger with one of the girls in danger, I was surprised how engaged I was in the story. It may have been a ploy to get me to want to read the next issue, but it worked, and I'm interested in the rest. You don't even have to wait for the rest of it - the trade is out on Comixology, with a physical version coming, and you can get this issue free on Gumroad. So, if this sounds even remotely interesting, it's worth at least your time.