What makes loss painful? Having had something to lose. This is a basic tenant of great storytelling that is often lost to relying on archetypes and taking a good life for granted. It’s easy to overlook the often considered mundane world as not being worth discussion because losing it would not be all that bad. But truth be told, most of us live fairly typical lives that we would find difficult to lose. And it is just this seemingly boring life that issue number one of Severed #1 expertly establishes.
I won’t go so far as to say that Severed #1 was completely boring, it easily could have been dramatic and well-crafted beginning to a story with no super-natural elements. It establishes the youth of the main character, Jack Garron who runs away at a young age to be a musician but immediately finds himself in trouble, riding the railroad lines. My point about establishing this sense of reality is that it creates a world that much like our own, would be traumatized by the appearance of a supernatural evil. Severed #1 reminds me of the 1983 film, Something Wicked This Way Comes in the way that it sets up an innocence of youth that you know will be scarred horribly.
Having talked about how well done the story is, I would only be talking about half of the book’s coolness if I did not mention the beauty of the art. It has a painterly quality that reinforces the above mentioned sense of reality with an incredible crispness. The shots vary wonderfully to build an expansive world and a tender intimacy. I look forward to reading the rest of this story when it goes to trade paperback.
story by Scott Snyder & Scott Tuft
art / cover by Attila Futaki