Trust Fall #1 Review

Trust Fall #1

Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Chris Visions
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Review by Jared Gafford

“Home. The place you always return to. Because it is the one place you belong. The location can change, but your home is always the same.”

This line from the brand new book Trust Fall from AfterShock Comics hit me like a bag of bricks. Why, you might ask? Because a home is something that everyone should have. Yet many times, our homes can actually be the source of stress and dysfunction in our lives.

That seems to be the case for our main protagonist, Ash Parsons, in the new supernatural crime comic hitting shops tomorrow. Not only is her home and family life full of dysfunction, but unfortunately for her, it seems there is no escaping the life she was born into.

The Dead Letters team of Christopher Sebela and Chris Visions are back in action and ready to ask the question. What if the people you are supposed to trust, aren’t who you thought they were?

Are You Prepared to Trust Fall?

Ash Parsons was always made to believe that she was special. That there was something different about her. That there was something she had that nobody else did.

She has been given the gift of teleportation, and her struggling family has used that ability for years hoping for their big break. The only catch is that she can teleport anyone or anything… except herself. This means she’s forced to rely on her family to be there for her.

However, robbing banks and stealing cars only get you so far. With new opportunities on the horizon for the Parsons family, things are about to change. But who knows whether this is a good thing or a bad thing?

Sebela has written some of my favorite books over the past several years. From AfterShock’s Cold War to Image’s Crowded, Christopher has proven time and time again that he is a masterful storyteller. And Trust Fall is no different.

From the very first page, he had my attention and sparked an uncontrollable curiosity within me wanting to know what happened next. The way he is able to create characters that feel both authentic and relatable has always been one of my favorite parts of his writing.

A good first issue of a comic book should give you enough information to keep you turning pages, while also creating a need for more. Sometimes comics can jump the shark and tell you everything you need to know in the first issue. Where’s the fun in that?

Other times a comic doesn’t give you any information, and leaves you feeling unsatisfied and uninvested in the story you just read. This first issue is what I like to call a unicorn. It’s magical to read and when you’re done, you have an insatiable desire for more.

Visual Eye-Candy

Chris Visions has a very appropriate and self-fulfilling last name. Because every time I see his art in a book, I am completely blown away by how beautiful and eye-seducing his illustrations are.

The first thing that takes this new book to another level is just the creativity and originality of Visions panel layouts. If you are looking for a traditional, rectangular 6-9 panel comic book, this is not for you. But if you want something refreshing and unique, Trust Fall has that in bunches.

This also isn’t you’re grandfather’s art. When you see a Chris Visions page, you know it immediately. With exaggerating facial expressions and beautiful line work, it’s no wonder he’s worked with every major publisher in comics.

The use of color in this book is extraordinary. And I’m not just saying that because there is a generous amount of purples, pinks, and blues that happen to be my favorite. The way Visions is able to juxtapose contrasting colors really pulls your eyes into each image, forcing you to appreciate it’s beauty. But then again, is it really forceful to naturally stall on an image.

The Verdict

Trust Fall may be one of the most original and refreshing first issues I’ve read all year. With the perfect combination of action, suspense and mystery, Sebela and Visions newest outing is a certified grand slam. From the opening page to the last panel, I was addicted. I have no idea where this story is going, but you can trust that I will be here for it. Add this to your pull list today and thank me later.

5/5