I went into Self/Made unaware of what it was about. The name caught my eye in the email I received from Image Comics and I thought to check it out because “why not”? That was a great decision because it turned out to be a great read from start to finish.
From the art style to the story telling, the team behind this comic is going to be one to follow because what they’ve crafted has got me hooked.
Self/Made #1: The Final Contradiction
Published: 5 December 2018
Publisher: Image Comics
Introducing a new creative team everyone will be talking about—superstar talent writer MAT GROOM and artist EDUARDO FERIGATO. When chaos besieges the kingdom of Arcadia, warrior Amala Citlali sees it as her chance to escape her clearly-defined role—and to change her destiny. But she could never have predicted that it would also be her chance to confront her God. In his debut editorial role, comics veteran KYLE HIGGINS guides this intimate, worlds-spanning story of self-discovery.
Rating: 5 Stars
The concept of a character seeking to escape their role in life is a common enough one, but seeing the unique take that different creators bring to that idea is what makes reading fun. Mathew Groom is no exception, as his main character Amala surely finds out in this first issue. Where she starts is no where near to where she finds herself at the end. I can’t say too much about it because it would be incredibly spoiler-y, but it’s a JOURNEY.
There’s a lot to tackle, from figuring out one’s role to when you should speak up, especially in the face of oncoming danger. Some moral questions coming into play: would you change the outcome of a situation if you had the power to do so? Should you if you have that kind of ability? And just what does it mean to exist?
Issue two cannot come soon enough because Self/Made #1 has a doozy of a cliffhanger.
I received a copy of this book from Image Comics in exchange for an honest review.