The Memory Collectors #1 Review

by Christine Caprilozzi

Review by: Christine Caprilozzi
Writer: Menton3
Artist: Menton3
Publisher: IDW
Release Date: October 9, 2013
Rating: 9 out of 10

Synopsis: Three jaded fetish models are unexpectedly thrown into a violent world and made to confront a horrible and unperceived truth: Hidden among us are entities that feed on the very thing we hold most sacred, our memories. No longer content with their lives as hunted cattle, they become the hunters.

Our Thoughts: The first issue of “The Memory Collectors” does an exceptional job of not only laying out the background of these three beautiful characters, but also introducing the reader to a gothic style which pushes the boundaries of what people expect from comics. Without giving too much away, we meet three strong female characters, Edith, Beatrice and Magdalena, on a mission. They hunt and kill “memory collectors.”  The entire concept of the book is an intelligent and almost philosophical questioning on our experiences and emotional attachments to them.

Menton’s artwork in “The Memory Collectors” can be summed up in one word…breathtaking.  While his signature style is very unique, Menton treads very deep on the darker side of comics.  The book is very gloomy and gothic, however, even the more brutal scenes look as if they should be hanging in an art gallery. No artist can really be put into a box and labeled. Menton is the perfect example of that.  Although the colors and tones are ominous and brooding, they also come across as majestic. Horror comic fans will appreciate this book.  Less blood and guts, more Edgar Allan Poe makes “The Memory Collectors” a grim tale for fans of all comic genres.

Insightful and intelligent storytelling accompanied by wickedly beautiful artwork earns Menton3 high praise from this comic fan for breaking down the walls of what comic fans are “supposed” to like. While you’re picking this one up, be sure to pre-order issue #2.Trust me on this.

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