Introduction:A down on his luck college professor just might be the biggest evil genius in the world, just not in this reality. In this reality, Charles Witten was always on the cusp of greatness, he just couldn’t quite get there. On the path of his scientific discoveries he has sacrificed more than he would care to admit, including the accidental death of his wife Emily. One of his discoveries however, has appeared fully functional in this reality and the wielder is trying to kill him.
VitalsTitle: Theory Of Everything #1
Writer: Dan Casey
Pencils: Thomas Nachlik
Cover: Eric Jones
Colors: John Rauch
Letters: Troy Peteri
Content: Theory Of Everything is for teen plus readers and contains violence and intense action.
Publisher: Image Comics (Top Cow)
Story:Charles Witten is a brilliant scientist and has come up with ideas of other realities and worlds that would bend the everyday persons mind. He has developed devices that would cross the gap between these worlds and allow us to visit and explore these places, he has just never been able to pull it together enough to make these ideas a reality.
It would seem that someone has been able to create these devices and they are invading this reality, stealing gold bullion and attempting to kill Witten himself. When one of these devices is capture by government agents, Witten is drawn into a new world of special operations with a new government agency tasked to fight just this sort of thing.
Things begin to move fast, almost too fast for Witten to keep up with, but new revelations make him take action and he throws himself into the lions mouth, caution to the wind.
Review:I really liked the premise of this comic. The mix of future tech in the current timeline is always fascinating, propagated by the idea that the governments of the world have secret labs and have developed devices never seen or even thought of in the private sector. This gives their agents superhero like powers that are fueled by technology and are the dream of most geeks the world over.
The story of Theory Of Everything progresses much like a movie with an action packed opening sequence, the hero of the story drawn into the conflict and thrust into the limelight, and finally the big reveal of what is really going on in the end. I really liked the pacing of the story and the cliffhanger at the end was well executed, giving the reader enough information as to what to expect, but leaving enough mystery to let the mind wander.
In the art side of things, there were many things that I really enjoyed and a few that gave me issues. Nachlik and company did a great job with the backgrounds, action sequences, and technology effects, especially with the guys going in and out of our reality. Really top notch stuff. My issue with the art was in the close-ups of the faces. Nachlik uses a line heavy style to show facial expressions and in most of the close-ups of the faces, they seemed really off. I looked at the preview in Seraph that shows just the pencils and inks, and they looked better uncolored.
I don’t know if that is an issue with coloring job or with the original pencils. It’s not my job to see whom to blame, that’s their department, but the faces put a bit of a tarnish on an otherwise really great product. That was a big bummer and this easily could have run away with my vote for the best of Pilot Season so far.
Conclusion:I really liked the overall story and presentation of Theory Of Everything. I could really see this being picked up as a motion picture as I enjoyed the pacing, concept, and style this comic had. For some reason the close-ups of the faces just did not work for me and that put a dent in an otherwise pretty mar less product.
I think Theory Of Everything was perhaps my favorite concept so far. I worry that the issues here might sink what otherwise is a nice ship ready to set sail in the world of comic books.