Clear #1 is an ambitious debut from Snyder and Manapul, who have crafted a story about one man’s journey through a dystopian reality. In the not-too-distant future, mankind no longer sees the world as it truly is. The invention of neurological filters has made it so one can view reality however they may choose—old Hollywood monochrome, zombie apocalypse, anime, the possibilities are endless. Neo-shamus Sam Dunes is one of only a handful who choose to live without a filter. When the death of an old flame reveals foul play, Dunes is set on a wild and twisting mystery that will take him from the city’s deadly underworld to the even deadlier heights of wealth and power.
At first glance, Clear #1 looks nothing like your typical comic book series. Its color palette is vibrant yet subdued in its use of pastel tones that give each page an almost dreamlike quality while still conveying a sense of urgency in its action scenes. The extra long debut issue allows for more great explanation and helps readers understand why Sam has chosen to live filterless in this dangerous world. It also gives us plenty of time to get acquainted with his supporting cast—his friends, family and foes—all of whom feel fully realized in their own right.
The art itself is stunningly detailed and evocative throughout each panel, emphasizing both the beauty and horror that comes with “the clear” reality that Sam experiences without his filter on. Each page feels like both a thought experiment gone wrong and an exploration into what makes life truly meaningful when you strip away all distractions from your daily routine. From start to finish, Clear #1 proves to be an unforgettable experience for comic book fans everywhere as every moment is filled with breathtaking visuals that leave you wanting more by its conclusion.
If you ever wanted proof that comics could be something more than superheroes fighting crime or stories about spandex-clad vigilantes saving the day then look no further than Clear by Scott Snyder and Francis Manapul! With an incredible premise coupled with amazing visuals from start to finish, this issue will surely make any comic book reader stand up and take notice! The creative team behind Clear #1 has crafted something special here that should not be overlooked by anyone looking for something new in their next favorite read!
Print copies of Clear #1 will hit local comic shops on March 8, 2023.