The story is written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Rahsan Ekedal. Ekedal does an amazing job illustrating Echoes #1. He’s shaded it brilliantly, using black and white to add to the suspense of a man lost between good and evil. Then there’s the fine lines, such as the image of Brian’s demonic form looking back at him in the mirror, and the character’s enormous eyes asking for help, that really push the story over the edge.
It’s great that Top Cow decided to publish a story such as this, which deals more with the psychological side of horror. Echoes is published under Minotaur press, which deals with more independent, cerebral, self contained stories like Echoes and Last Mortal. It’s wonderful to see a press so involved in a comic’s success, especially one that is so nontraditional. In the words of Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik:
Echoes is one of the projects I’m most proud of this year, so I can’t say I’m surprised the first printing sold out immediately. It’s exactly the type of high quality, sharply written, beautifully drawn, self-contained and easily accessible story-telling the industry says it wants but repeatedly fails to support up front.
The first issue is available to read for free here. Visit Joshua Hale Fialkov’s website for more information on his work. Some of the titles he will be working on include I,Vampire, and Iron Man 2.0, among others. Echoes has also just been released in hardcover.