I entered the opening issue of, Eden’s Fall, with zero knowledge that this title was in fact a crossover of three previous works from writers, Brian Hill and Matt Hawkins, and artist, Atilio Rojo, namely; Think Tank, Tithe and Postal.
But it didn’t matter. Eden’s Fall #1 proved a gripping opener that filled in blanks and gave clarity to characters whilst delivering a permanent undercurrent of brooding tension and lurking danger.
What we have is a collection of people brought together by the hand of fate to form an alliance in the pursuit of a bad guy who slipped through the net.
The baddie in this case is right wing extremist, Thornton. Bald of head, big on explosives and false flag terrorism acts, and based upon his minimal lines in issue #1, deeply religious.
Hoping to deal some overdue justice, we have former FBI agents, James Miller and Dwayne Campbell. The idea, which isn’t exactly thinking outside the box in all honesty, is that Miller will pose as a bad guy to infiltrate the town of Eden, a hidden town that harbours criminals and offers them a new start in life, and take down Thornton. To assist in this mission the duo are joined by hacker, Samantha Copeland, and scientist, David Loren.
As writers, Hill and Hawkins, faced a pretty daunting challenge. They had to quickly paint a blank canvas for readers such as myself who were unfamiliar with the previous work, keep a pace that would keep fans in for the ride, and lay the foundations for a whole new story…and all in a handful of pages!
Talking as a newbie to these characters and this world I can only say they did a grand job. I thoroughly enjoyed Eden’s Fall #1. There is enough information divulged to offer insight into character relationships and potential frictions, but it never dilutes the actual meat of the story itself.
The tone throughout is one of menace and tension that really kept me on edge. Eden seems a place that will welcome you with one hand and slap you with the other. The writing does a great job of maintaining this feel and throws on layers of isolation and helplessness when Miller heads into the wasps nest alone, save for some ropey tech communications.
The artwork is top notch and adds to the dark nature of the writing with great use of light and shadow.
After one issue I can safely say that despite offering few surprises, and with foundation laying taking precedence over action, I am still very keen to watch this story unfold. The writing is solid, the characters are interesting if not entirely original, and the premise holds great potential. Eden’s Fall is shaping up very nicely indeed.
Eden’s Fall #1 offers little in the way of surprises, but, it more than makes up for it with solid writing, interesting characters and a permanent undertone of menace.