Metron3 loves him some leather.
Memory Collectors is a work of high art meshed with bizarre conceptualization. The premise is a trio of bondage clad femme fatales, battling things that go bump in the night. It is a work created entirely by the enigmatic Metron3, an artist whose work resonates the gritty guttural feel of H.R. Geiger’s works.
From a visual standpoint, this book is fantastic. Scenes are mapped out well, and there is a sharp contrast played between hazy backgrounds and crisp characters. There are really no panels that do not invoke an immediate sense of appreciation, amazement, wonderment, and the occasional shiver coiling down your spine. Metron3 is truly a well cultivated artist who has honed a style uniquely his own.
But where the visual pops, the narrative seems to falter, and a bit of steam is lost. The story is told from the perspective of Edith. Her narrative voice is a bit pulpy, and I feel that is the tone Metron3 intends to set for his work. And though pulp gives a great deal of leeway, leaving dialogue wide open for cheesy one liners and stilted narration, there is also a bit of potential depth. Metron3 never seems to hit any sort of stride in his word play, and it feels most apparent on pages where the visuals vanish, and he simply rambles out back story. The writing is not terrible, but there is really not a memorable line among the rant.
It is unfortunate, because the art itself does manage to weave a great deal of intrigue and curiosity, but Metron3 does not seem to have a powerful narrative tone, and the story is basically jammed forward by pure visual prowess.
The book is a work of art, and if you are drawn towards the macabre and depraved, this book is worth owning for its art alone. If you are looking for a bit of depth to your writing you might find yourself wanting.
In summation, Metron3 is a visual genius. The art is stunning. His writing, however, does not debut too terribly strong in this first issue. I would happily pick up the second, and give the literature end a second try, but I know the only thing pulling me back in is the art at this point.
3 out of 5.
[Editor's note: for another opinion on Memory Collectors #1, read Wildcard's review here.]
Written or Contributed by CajunBean
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