This is mostly a character-based issue, as Caitlain Donald, fresh from Penn State University, begins her career at the U.S. Office of Special Research. Caitlain gets introduced around and meets all the interesting people who work at OSR. And they are interesting people, from Mr. Smith, the man with the bionic legs, to Brann, the sensitive but arrogant leader, to Miss Sophie, the conniving leader.
It’s fun meeting these people. They’re all adults and are passionate about their work. But they’re filled with normal human emotions, not the absurd emotionalism that appears in most comics. These people are professionals who love their work, and it shows in the way they present themselves. By the time the mystery of the Entity and Lona Avventura begins towards the end of the issue, the reader has grown to care about the characters and begin to wonder how future battles will affect them. When we see the scary twins show up on the last page, it makes the reader feel real fear for the characters.
Eliseu Gouveia’s art continues to grow by leaps and bounds. He’s great at drawing people, and really like how he works hard to present unique camera angles in many scenes. He’s also strong with facial gestures. His characters look like real people, which is fun to see.
Project ElOhIm is a rare book in that it takes a fairly realistic look at its unrealistic characters. Everything feels very natural in this comic, which somehow adds to the feeling of danger for the characters. It might have been nice to see a bit more action this issue, but we know that action will be coming soon. I can’t wait to see what that action does to the team.