I.D. written and drawn by Emma Rios
It’s not offend that you find a sci-fi story that doesn’t rely on other genres to keep the reader’s interest. Most of the time writer’s use sci-fi as a sub-genre for action, horror, or romance. It can be used as back drop to a story where the main driving force is action. For example a action story about robots that gain self conscious and revolt, or an explanation for a monster to exist. Rarely does a writer tell a captivating story using pure science fiction alone. Sci-fi is supposed to be about the possibilities of advancement in technology or an anomaly in nature. Emma Rios’ I.D. does this well with a story of three strangers that consider undergoing body transplants to enhance their lives. Over the course of a couple of days the character discuss the consequences of change their identities may have on their lives. I.D. goes deep into the science of body swapping and asks the question what truly makes up the identity of a person. Using great writing and beautiful art Emma explorers the possibilities of medical advancement and how it may effect people’s lives.
You may recognize Emma’s unique art style from Pretty Deadly or Marvel comics such as Captain Marvel and Spider-man. Her art is highly detailed, but not overbearing to look at. The use of sloping and pointing lines gives her art a unfinished and classical look. With tones of pink and red the coloring gives the comic a calming tone yet at the same also unsettling. The many faith pink lines can seem strange at first, but the art quickly becomes comforting and easy to read. Her art flows nicely from one panel to the other.
The characters are well realized with three dimensional personalities. Never do they revert to being stereotypes or mechanisms for the plot. Their intentions are mostly concealed and their personalities unfold with each page turn as their motivations become apparent. The main driving force of the story is secret motivations the characters have to undergo the body swapping.
However The ending is a bit abrupt. The story seemed to have only been starting as soon as it ended. Although the it did leave it’s self open for a possible sequel, but in way that felt like trope. With the week ending aside I found the comic to be entertaining and fascinating. In the backmatter there is an essay by Miguel Alberte Woodward about the science that it takes to transplant bodies and how it could change society. I would highly recommend this comic for anyone who is fan of sci-fi. I give it a rating of Meh on my scale of eh to Yeh.