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– by Emmanuel Gomez

Top Cow Productions has always had a fantastic reputation for bringing comic book readers unique titles by some amazing creative teams like Think Tank, Eclipse, and Postal. Today they are set to release a brand new title that is not like many other books out in the industry. Through Image Comics comes Dissonance #1.

The title was created by Melita Curphy, written by Singgih Nugroho and Ryan Cady, with artwork by Sami Basri who in the past has worked on Power Girl and Witchblade. Describing this book may be a bit difficult as it is a mix of a sci-fi fantasy drama. Here is the synopsis provided by Top Cow:

In an alternate world where Earth is populated with powerful human-spirit hybrids called Fantasmen, Folke and Roisia Herviett, two siblings with opposing worldviews, are challenged to prove their worth and take up their parents’ positions in a devious group who secretly run the world. Meanwhile, Seraphim, a Fantasmen warrior guard, is sent to prevent a catastrophic event from affecting the Earth and its own universe.

The first few pages of the book are spent explaining the setting of the story. A parallel world to Earth called Terra Fantasme is home to spiritual beings called The Fantasmen, who long ago had transcended their physical forms. But they lacked a soul and a conscience that kept them at war. This caused them to reach out to Earth and barter an agreement to help them avoid the destruction of their world. They would provide humans with the knowledge and power of the Fantasmen and humans would offer the virtue of humankind.

The Fantasmen being spiritual beings needed a vessel to give their knowledge and of course humans were found to be the best fit. The symbiosis of a human and a Fantasmen became known as Dissonance. In between all of that, there is a group of synchronized being that secretly run the world and are testing their new leader Folke Herviett.

With a title having a very unique setting, it’s difficult to judge the quality of the story with a single issue. With that said it is an interesting concept that is a lot different than many stories out at the moment. With the explanation of the setting and the introduction of many of the characters specifically Folke and Roisia Herviett, I look forward to the second and third issue to see where Nugroho and Cady’s vision takes us. The art in this title is beautiful, the characters having gone through dissonance, have very unique traits and I feel that Basri did a good job at not letting their design get out of hand. Also the colors by Sakti Yuwono compliment Basri’s art very well.

We’ll see how the story flows in the upcoming issues, but for now it’s great to get acclimated to the world Curphy has created. Check out some preview pages provided by Top Cow below! Pick one up and let us know what you thought of it in the comment section below!

Top Cow Productions Inc.’s Dissonance #1 is available at comic shops everywhere today.

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