What I thought of The Surface #1



This new comic from Image and creators Langdon Foss and Jordie Bellaire is described by Image as….

What would happen if Moebius and District 9 had a baby? Maybe THE SURFACE! Welcome to Africa. Ebola is no longer a problem. The West and the East are moving in—and three hacker lovers are searching Tanzania for the place that can change everything: THE SURFACE! The first issue of a mind-bending action SF epic drawn by the esteemed LANGDON FOSS (Get Jiro!, Winter Soldier) and colored by the Eisner-winning JORDIE BELLAIRE (everything)! THE SURFACE!

As a comic it looks astonishingly good. As a story it matches the art as it extrapolates social media into something even more horribly intrusive than it can be now.

thesurface1The Surface is a place that may explain the nature of the universe or it might be an urban myth spread by people online, and it’s into this world that three hackers Gomez, Mark and Nasia, one of which is the son of the President. As for the world itself it’s bloody horrible but it’s only a few steps ahead of our own which makes this a tidy bit of satire as well as something that clear draws it’s influence from Metal Hurlant strips from the 80’s.


The Surface is a fascinating comic that does some lovely tricks in regards storytelling that raises it above a mere Moebius pastiche and turns it into being a genuinely interesting  work that’s trying to do something new with the SF comic. As yet there’s not enough of The Surface to see what’s there but Foss ensures there’s enough little hints and clues signposted to ensure that the reader is never bored as they’re drawn into the world of the future. My only problem is the characterisations are a bit flat, even cliche at times.

I’m interested enough by this though to come back for the second issue just to see how this promising start develops.



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