Olivia can’t sleep. And when I say “can’t sleep,” I’m not talking about a simple case of insomnia. No, her mind and body just don’t seem to need rest like normal people. As someone who has always hated to go to bed because there are just so many other cool things I could be doing instead, this sounds like a dream come true. But while I would be up late reading, watching TV, or playing video games, Olivia uses her time a little differently. Sure, she works out and learns new languages, but she also goes out and fights criminals—literally plotting how she can knock them senseless and then call the police in for some clean-up duty. So far, this has worked out great; she’s always been able to handle things herself, notify the cops, and get out before they show up. But one night something doesn’t go according to plan, and she gets in over her head. Will she be able to get out of trouble?
On the whole, I enjoyed this book. Not only is the protagonist a woman who kicks some ass, she’s a thinking protagonist, and we get to see how her thought process gets her out of some sticky situations (a bit like Sherlock). I loved that she’s not just a heavy, she’s also intelligent and has some morals. She’s a normal person who can’t just sit back and watch if something bad is going down. I liked her relationships with her dad and her girlfriend, who seem well thought-out characters and not just a backdrop for Olivia’s adventures. The storyline itself is promising, making me care about Olivia and how she’s going to get out of the sticky situation she’s found herself in.
The art is refreshing: it’s a little rough around the edges, like Olivia’s crime-fighting techniques, and does a great job of delineating between the two sides of her life through the color palette. Her “real life” features brighter, vivid colors, while her secret life has more of a dark, noir feel to it. My only quibbles are that the opening panels are a little gratuitous (did I need to see Olivia in the shower or getting dressed/undressed? No, but I’m guessing that was aimed at the young male demographic) and a wee bit unrealistic (no woman has thigh gap like that while they’re running, although according to the character specs at the end, she’s borderline anorexic—112 pounds, 5’10”). These points aside, I enjoyed Neverending #1 and look forward to reading more. 4 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.
Writer: Stephen Sutherland
Artists: Gary Kelly
Colorist: Lesley Atlansky
Letters (and Logo Design): Colin Bell *
Publisher: Unthank Comics
Price: £3.50 (Print) £1.00 (Digital)
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*Edit: Thanks to Stephen Sutherland and Garry McLaughin for correcting our oversight, Colin Bell as Stephen mentioned in the comments you can find more of Colin’s work here. I really hope you take the time to check out this book, as well as the other Unthank comics, I think they’ve got real promise! – Chuck (Editor Monkey)