Gravity Matters is interesting. It’s almost a what if we could have saved Krypton style of story with the Star Wars dumpster scene added in. The story stars Amy Pill, a genius that has a low level job and loves surfing the worlds dangerous waves. Dangerous because the world is pretty jacked up and true beaches no longer exist. The conflict of the story is some bad math. Basically the company she works for didn’t check their math and won’t look her math and so they’re steps away from blowing everything up… unless Amy can stop it. That’s the gist of the story. Amy is actually a pretty solid, fleshed out character. She’s smart, kind of an annoying no-it-all, but not really because she did try to prevent the situation from happening. She reminds me of Sherlock. Too smart for her own good, but pleasing to the audience. The math and science in the story is believable and honestly feels complex rather than just being bullshit made up for the story.
The story is over and done quickly though. It’s just twelve issues long and so we’re thrown into the world and exit it just as quickly. Where can the story go from here? Who knows. It’s pretty open ended. Following Amy at her job wouldn’t be that interesting and having her save the world every issue isn’t sustainable for the plot. It’s a solid one-shot with pacing that matches the speed of the danger, but it doesn’t pop. While it was an enjoyable read, it didn’t really leave a lasting effect with me. After reading it I had to re-read it just for the review. Not because I was dying to do so, but because I couldn’t remember what I had read. It just didn’t stand out.
The art is definitely the best part. The style is manga inspired, but has a lot of great sci-fi elements going on as well. What really makes the art stand out is the coloring. The coloring is very rich with a lot of great lighting effects. The lighting is also realistic. There’s no random shadowing or any of that crap. The entire book has a purpleish/pink hue going on to it which works for the world. It makes it stand out compared to other dystopian futures.
It’s an okay read. I don’t think it’s bad by any means, but there isn’t a lot going on. It feels more like a scene kicking off a bigger story, but then it ends. I would be curious to see what the creators could come up with for Amy to do after this. Right now, it’s a decent read and frankly you could do a lot worse. At the very least, it’s a very professional indie comic and that’s nice to see.
Gravity Matters Writer: Jeff Rider Artist: Sean Dillion Price: Free Format: One-Shot; Digital Website