Written by Matt Kindt
Illustrated by David Rubin
Published by Dark Horse Comics
The first Ether series was a trippy adventure. The story was something we hadn’t seen before and the art was magnificent.
I’m happy to report that the first issue of the new series is just as good as the previous series. It picks up where the last one left off and it’s pretty damn awesome.
This book is about Boone Dias, a science based hero who is trying to maintain the balance between the Earth and a magical world. He’s struggling with this and his personal life. Then, portals start appearing with more and more frequency and it’s leading to a bunch of chaos.
The opening scene starts out with Boone in Venice, Italy, getting bailed out of prison. Boone looks like hell.
He explains that the world is falling apart to the investigator. Kindt is smart by opening with this scene as it gets the point across quickly.
We then see Boone get out (of course) and assess where he is. He realizes he can’t do it alone. So he recruits a bunch of mystical beings. Kindt infuses each of them with a great personality. It’s enjoyable to read.
In fact, much of the issue is set up. But you’re so into it you won’t care. Kindt deftly makes a book that is addicting. And that leads into the art.
David Rubin creates art that is simply magnificent. He creates creatures and worlds you haven’t seen before. It’s awesome. The illustrations within are truly a breath of fresh air and Rubin makes each panel worth revisiting.
The only problem with this book is that it moves too fast. You can read it very quickly. But that’s okay. It hooks you like a drug and leaves you wanting more.