The first issue of Image’s new release, Nowhere Men, seems to be the perfect teaser for a promising series. Written by Eric Stephenson and with art by Nate Bellegarde and Jordie Bellaire, this first glimpse will leave you with dozens of deliciously unanswered questions.
The story thus far seems to focus on a band of four scientists of differing backgrounds, who come together to form World Corp, a “scientific supergroup” bent on changing the world. Whether this is a good or bad thing remains debatable.
Dade Ellis, Simon Grimshaw, Emerson Strange, and Thomas Walker are four of the greatest minds in the world, risen to a kind of rock star status after founding World Corp. The main story takes place seemingly decades later; World Corp has become a major corporation whose great accomplishments remain somewhat of a mystery to us the readers. Their current projects are morally questionable at best, and a divergence in ambitions threatens to dismantle the group. Meanwhile, an unexplained virus seems to have infected some of their employees.
It is difficult to say what role each of the four scientists will play in the rest of the story, but something tells me that World Corp is not the good guy. This, however, is just one of the questions that will need to be addressed in later developments.
The style and mood of the piece is definitely something unique. I’m not sure I know what to make of it, but I think it’s no accident I get a strong Beatles vibe from these four. The excerpts from “The Science Chronicle” are a clever and appropriate way to reveal key information and insight into the characters. The only real problem I have is with the interview with Thomas Walker, located at the end. It is both interesting and rewarding to read, but let’s face it: no one wants to come across a giant wall of text in their comic book. It’s just a bit daunting. However, deterred I am not. Stephenson has given us just enough story here to make us crave more.
Issue #1 of “Nowhere Men” is available in comic book stores as of today. The second and third issues are to be released on December 19th and January 23rd, respectively. This is not one to miss, you guys.