Lotus Land is set in a dystopian Vancouver of the future, this comic book explores the metaphysical side of life, human nature, and the complexities of technology. With an eccentric storyline and stunning artwork, this book offers a unique perspective that is worth checking out.
The first thing that grabs your attention in Lotus Land is the artwork. Caio Filipe‘s illustrations are detailed and visually stunning. The way he captures the futuristic setting is impressive, and the use of intricate patterns gives a layer of depth to the pages. The dark and muted color scheme complements the story’s tone, which is eerie and mysterious. The art alone is enough to get you invested in this comic book.
But the artwork is not the only selling point. The story from Eisner-winning and Harvey-nominated writer and director Darcy Van Poelgeest (Little Bird) itself is intriguing. Lotus Land #1 takes place in a world that has reached the peak of technological innovation. But this progress comes at a cost, and the story deals with the implications of using technology to cheat death. The central concept of the ‘Keeper Program’ that holds the secret to ending entropy offers a unique spin on conventional science fiction themes. The story is complex, layered, and provides plenty of opportunities for future exploration.
The characters in Lotus Land are well-written and engaging. Retired police detective Bennie Strikman is the protagonist, and his character is a perfect blend of grizzled detective and introspective philosopher. He carries the weight of his past mistakes and is grappling with the morality of using technology to end death. He is also a victim of his limited lifespan and is struggling to come to terms with the idea of inevitable decay. The grey areas of his character make him relatable and keep us engaged in his journey.
The supporting characters in the story add a layer of depth to the narrative. From wealthy benefactors to rebel factions, the characters are well fleshed out and have their own take on the story’s central conflict. Their motivations and actions add a level of unpredictability and intrigue to the story.
The pacing of Lotus Land #1 is well-balanced, with enough action and dialogue to keep the story moving forward. The panels are laid out in a way that makes the story easy to follow, and the use of text boxes adds context to the story’s more complex themes. But the story also leaves us with enough questions to come back for the next issue.
Lotus Land #1 is an excellent debut that explores complex themes while managing to keep the action and intrigue at its forefront. Darcy Van Poelgeest’s writing and Caio Filipe’s artwork mesh together perfectly, delivering a unique comic book experience. The story is timely, thought-provoking, and asks big questions about the human condition.
Lotus Land #1 hits local comic shops on November 15, 2023 from BOOM! Studios!