Have you ever felt like you don’t exist? Well, imagine if that feeling was a reality. That’s the premise of The Displaced #1, the latest comic written by Ed Brisson (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) with art by the talented Luca Casalanguida. In this world, the city of Oshawa and its 170,000 residents have vanished without a trace, leaving survivors to fend for themselves in a world where no one believes they exist.
Let’s start with the fact that the artwork in The Displaced is outstanding. Every panel is detailed and conveys motion exceptionally well. It’s easy to get lost in each panel and feel as though you’re right there with the characters. The motion is almost legitimately felt. Additionally, the colors by Dee Cunniffe and lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou really bring the scenes to life
The characters in this comic book are unique and diverse. Each one has their own backstory that I can’t wait to learn more about. As the story unfolds, we get glimpses into their lives before the disappearance of Oshawa, which only serves to make them more interesting.
A big bonus heading into future issues of The Displaced is how much unknown there is. There are so many questions left unanswered at the end of this issue, which only makes me want to read more. Who or what caused Oshawa to disappear? Will anyone ever remember it existed? What happened to all those people? These are just some of the questions I hope will be answered as the series continues.
The pacing and storytelling in this comic book are exceptional. It’s not often that I find myself completely engrossed in a story from start to finish, but the debut issue The Displaced #1 nails it. The action scenes were intense and kept me on the edge of my seat, while the quieter moments were just as compelling.
The Displaced is bound to be one of our favorite comic books of 2024 and it’s only February. The premise of a world where an entire city and its residents disappear without a trace is unique and intriguing. The artwork is fantastic, and the characters are diverse and interesting. The pacing and storytelling are exceptional, making this series one that I would highly recommend.
The Displaced #1 hits local comic shops on February 14, 2024 from BOOM! Studios.