By Dustin Cabeal
As much as you enjoy a publishers body of work, there are always going to be a few that you simply dislike. You can likely tell where this review is going, which is more than I had going into Everywhere Disappeared.
I find that anytime you read a collection of short comics from a creator it helps to enjoy that creator’s work and in particular their artwork. Having never heard of Patrick Kyle before this collection was obviously not geared towards me. The artwork was never something I enjoyed and varied so much in quality, details, and style that it was hard even to become a fan of it while reading it.
The stories themselves vary in quality as well. The stories that made sense suffered from the same problem as the stories that didn’t make sense; in that, there was never an ending that was satisfying. They all just end, and you move on to another story. There was one story that actually stood out to me, but because the ending was so weak that it ruined any build up that the story had.
This is a pretty short review because there’s nothing that needs to be highlighted. The art is okay for what it’s going for, but it all seems too experimental. As I said in another review, in order to push the boundaries you have to acknowledge that they’re there in the first place. Otherwise, it’s just free roaming storytelling. When I pick up a comic or graphic novel, it’s never just about the story or just the art. It’s the combination of the two because I can’t get that anywhere else. Your story can be weird as fuck, your art can be great or even not my taste, but when it feels like the story doesn’t matter and the art is doing whatever it wants to amuse itself, I don’t find that enjoyable or even likable.
Creator: Patrick Kyle
Publisher: Koyama Press