This yearís edition of Pilot Season is drawing to
a close. This weekís Forever and 7 Days to Die (?) are the
two remaining entries. Does Forever rise to the top of the
pile and best Asset?
I think, potentially, itís a dead heat. While
Forever deals with science fiction and the idea of the fountain
of youth and immortality it manages to give its take a disturbing
and riveting twist to keep the reader interested and the story
In the near future the company Longevity has
managed to stop people from dying and even aging. Ryan Chambers
works for Longevity and is part of the reason why the company can do
this. Ryanís existence is completely altered when he meets Kane, a
man who is prepared to peel back the veil and show Ryan whatís
really going on and maybe expose something about Ryanís orphan past.
What I really liked about the book was the
structure. I recently watched The Goodfellas and Forever
had a very similar structure. It starts with a defining moment
(meeting Kane) that is neither the end or the beginning it is simply
the point where everything changes. It then goes back to the start
and goes back over the defining moment, with the reader gaining some
further knowledge and insight to judge it by, and then it surpasses
the defining moment to show you how it effects the main character.
I was also really interested in the setting and
where the story would go next. There was just so much going on in
this book that itís just dying to be continued. I could definitely
see it becoming a relatively long running series as there are quite
a few plot lines developing even in the first issue. Like most of
Pilot Season it does suffer from congestion, trying to cram in so
much in one issue but also leave the reader interested enough to
want to see more. Pulling that off is a hard task and while on the
whole I was really intrigued and drawn in by the story in Forever
there were a few rushed, skipped over or non-existent connections
made like Ryanís closing statement ďLived with the questions
for too longĒ yet the reader doesnít really know what those
questions are. Apart from a flashback to his time in the orphanage
and a comment about the recent deaths of many of his former
orphanage friends Ryan didnít seem all that inquisitive and doesnít
make clear what he wants answered.
The art was good and I actually really liked what
could best be described as the controlled sketch style of the book.
There were a lot of pen lines used in the book but they didnít
overtake the character designs and appear erratic and unfinished.
They generally enhanced the look of the book. The use of color was
good especially to make Longevity appear cold and almost alien.
There was a lot of blue, black and really pale green for medical
gowns and the colors looked unnatural hinting at what Longevity are
doing. Other scenes used more natural looking colors and it was an
interesting parallel. Occassionally the facial expressions and body
language appeared over the top but on the whole they were well done
and conveyed a lot of emotion. The only real downside was the blood
on Ryanís face appeared more like paint than blood. It was like it
was stuck where it was and it wasnít moving.
from the same issues as the rest of the Pilot Season candidates but
the story still really grabs you and, barring a few minor issues,
itís a story you really want to read more of.