Writer: Jay Faerber
Artist: Sumeyye Kesgin
Colorist: Ron Riley
It’s always fun seeing a book that combines historical figures with a heavy fantasy/sci-fi premise.
In Elsewhere, the latest Image title from the writer of Copperhead, the story imagines what it
would be like if Amelia Earheart landed in a fantasy realm when she disappeared. The world the
famous aviator finds herself in is filled with bizarre creatures, dragon-like flying beasts and
various kinds of magic.
As you can imagine, this debut issue gets weird and wonderfully imaginative fast, and never lets
up. Rising star artist Sumeyye Kesgin delivers some amazing line work in her pencils, rich with
detail and nuance. Whether she’s drawing close-ups of the main characters or big, bombastic
splash pages, the tone and execution are just right. Coupled with the vibrant colors by Ron
Riley, the art in this comic is a visual spectacle from start to finish.
Likewise, writer Jay Faerber balances an enticing high-concept with effective storytelling. His
script gives readers a solid introduction to this world and the different species that inhabit it,
while also giving Earheart herself plenty of time to shine. By the end of the issue he's also able
to incorporate another historical figure in an interesting way. As long as you’re not a factual
purist and can have fun with stories like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, I think you’ll find
Elsewhere to be a highly entertaining read with dynamic art and a strong protagonist. Plus, this
is a family-friendly adventure comic, which is a rarity for the company that publishes books like
Saga and Bitch Planet. Check it out Elsewhere at your local Ultimate Comics!
-Kevin Schaefer for Ultimate Comics