A.D.: After Death Book One Review

Posted November 25, 2016 by Kierra Prince in Comic Books

Written by: Scott Snyder

Art by: Jeff Lemire

Publisher: Image Comics

A.D.: After Death has been long awaited by fans of both Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire and for good reason. It’s a unique masterpiece that pushes the comic medium while simultaneously telling an interesting story and the wait was well worth it.

A.D.: After Death is a three-part story that takes place in a future where the genetic cure for death has been discovered. Unfortunately for one man, the whole not dying thing has given him way too much time to think about his life and what everything means.

This first book follows our main character, Jonah Cooke, as he transitions into a new job. What’s interesting, however, is the way that Snyder and Lemire choose to introduce Jonah and the way the chose to tell his story. Snyder opens things up with Jonah reminiscing about an important childhood memory and he does this by giving us full paragraphs. While Lemire does indeed lend illustrations to these parts, it looks way more like a chapter book with pictures as opposed to a traditional comic. When Jonah’s story cuts back to present time we get his story told in standard comic panels. It’s an interesting juxtaposition that actually helps move the story along as it’s easy to determine what’s happening in the now and what is being told to us through Jonah’s memories.

Snyder once again proves that he’s one of the best writers in the comics world. Jonah feels like a real person with real desires and real flaws and it takes talent to humanize a character so much within the first issue. Snyder also gives us just enough small hints into both Jonah’s past and some of his quirks to hook the reader and make you want more.

Of course, all this wouldn’t be as effective if it wasn’t for Lemire’s extraordinary art. All of the color and shading is done in a watercolor style, with blotchy patches of color that bleed into each other and change up in intensity throughout the page. And when Jonah reminisces about his past, the pages take on a yellow hue as if Jonah himself has been writing them on parchment paper. It’s all gorgeous, unique, interesting, and a perfect fit for a story that gets weird as hell at times. It’s beautiful to look at but also reminiscent of the slight chaos that seems to sit underneath Jonah’s calm and cool demeanor.

A.D.: After Death is looking like another stellar series for both Snyder and Lemire and I absolutely recommend picking this up. It’s may be a little wordy for some people, but I guarantee the story is going to captivate you while the artwork keeps you glued to page after page while you try to take it all in.

About the Author

Kierra Prince

Was born with a controller in her hand. Fan of all things nerdy and has a tremendous amount of love for RPG's, anime, and anything horror. She secretly wishes to be a mash-up of Catwoman and Sailor Moon.