By Kevin Hoskinson
In the newest offering from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions, a strange phenomenon is happening on a global scale. People across the world are frozen in time, and there is only one guy who can help them. But the question is, can he save them all? Or, more importantly, will he?
Ray used to be a normal guy. He was a nobody, just another cog in the machine. Until one day, something mysterious happened. Now the weight of the world is thrust upon him, and he must learn to deal with that weight. He might be the only one that holds the key to save humanity. That is a lot of pressure for your everyday, run-of-the-mill, office tech guy to handle, but he just might step up to the task.
The first issue of “The Freeze” sets up this premise vigorously, as well as frames the story in a fresh way. Ray unfreezes a young girl, one that he is tasked with retrieving, and it’s through this lens that we see what is going on in the world. She is understandably confused, and it’s Ray who is trying to explain it to her, as well as trying to make sense of it himself.
“The Freeze” has an exciting premise, one of the unique I have read in a long time. The idea that the world is frozen in time, and there is no rhyme or reason to it is a terrifying one. Almost from the start, Ray is hit with a moral dilemma. He somehow has the power to unfreeze people, but almost as soon as he finds this out, he starts to question if he should unfreeze people, and if he does, what the consequences could be.
Written by Dan Wickline and with art by Phillip Sevy, this is the start of a great series. The writing is perfect in this book, building up the mystery with every new page. By the end of the book, you know what is happening, but the how and whys remain a mystery, and that is what I loved about it. And I can’t wait to read more.
Rating: 8.0 out of 10