The definition of lucid is as follows: clear
and/or understandable. The comic Lucid is neither of those.
No, the first issue of Lucid, entertaining as it is, goes
from here to there quicker than the Road Runner on meth. It is
difficult to follow the action or the various characters introduced.
The comic feels like I was just dropped into this world, expecting
to have already known these people and their world. But I donít and
Iím not sure I care to.
Lucid follows Agent Matthew Dee, a wizard (I
assume) of sorts. He is appointed by the government to protect this
world from other dimensions and the secrets that they hold. In this
particular book, Dee just in the nick of time, prevents a very
dangerous group of inter-dimensional beings from escaping into our
realm. But it was too close and he is given a new keeper to have
their eyes on him and his missions.
The most important allusion, or group of
allusions to pick up on, is the Arthurian references. You have the
book The Once and Future King and Merlin, along with a ton of
magic. Lucid is very much like Jim Butcherís Dresden Files,
putting age-old wizardry into a modern day setting. But Harry
Dresden from Butcherís series is at least interesting. We, the
readers, are introduced to a whiny Matthew Dee in high school. Of
course what do you expect when the first panel entitles this setting
ďsuburban hell.Ē But from there you donít really learn much more
about the character after the fifteen-year jump ahead in time.
Another character you learn little about is Agent
Gygax. Sure, you get her familyís history, but her ethnicity is
lost. There is very little hint to the fact that she is German
except by her references to Matthew being American and her saying
Auf Weidersehen on the last of her panels. For the two characters
that appear on the cover of the book, I expect to learn a lot more
For a majority of the comic I felt lost, only
able to make assumptions about what was happening before I began
this issue. The end of the comic cleared some of this confusion up.
For instance, when I saw the black President I wondered if he was
meant to be Obama, but that question was answered for me (a few too
many panels too late in my opinion) by the eventual naming of the
The art is interesting; Iíll give it that. It
doesnít have the typical comic book feel. The lines, and there are
plenty of them, are not straight. There is a sort of pencil sketch
feel to the whole work, with the characters clearly standing out
against the backgrounds. The color changes had a nice flow to them,
never abruptly moving on from one palette to another.
Overall, Iím not sure Lucid caught my
attention. The writer tried to throw in too much information and
action, resulting in the characters getting lost in the mix. The
artwork is beautiful enough, but it cannot make up for the writing
and story. Without the introduction given to me by my editor, I
would have had an even harder time understanding what was going on.
So readers, be prepared for a fast-paced read.