Rating if the Book Were a Movie: R
Writer: Jonathan Hedrick
Artist: Debora Lancianese
Colors: Sunil Ghagre
Letters: Cristian Docolomansky
Cover: Debora Lancianse
Editor: Peter Riesett
Publisher: Scout Comics
Story: 3.7 Stars
Artwork: 3.4 Stars
Cover Artwork: 3.5 Stars
Dialogue: 3.6 Stars
Mechanics: 3.6 Stars
Editing: 3.5 Stars
About the Book:
Quicksand #1 takes us to Giza, Egypt in the not so distant future. A large hole mysteriously appears near the Great Pyramids. Out of this hole comes creatures straight out of a nightmare. These creatures attack the city and then retreat back into the hole they came from as suddenly as they attacked. In response to this new threat a team called Canary One is sent into the hole to investigate and, if necessary, engage these creatures. After learning the Earth’s surface, Canary One is never heard from again.
A year later the world is still fearful of the creatures’ returning. Stephanie Noon, who’s husband was a member of Canary One, has been placed in charge of the operation. She’s fearless. That will be put to the test when the ground beneath her feet begins to rumble.
I first became familiar with Mr. Hedrick’s work when I read The Recount in 2020. I remember thinking to myself that this was a writer that had demonstrated unbelievable potential with that title. It left me with a question. Was Mr. Hedrick like some musicians from the 90’s, where they capture lightning in a bottle for one album (or book in his case) and then the follow up works leave fans wondering what happened?
Quicksand shows us that Mr. Hedrick is the real deal. His ability to give readers a story that is frightening because of its plausibility is uncanny. The notion that we are not alone is not new.
Suggesting that the creatures we need to be afraid of have been here, undetected for millennia and have decided to show mankind where we truly rank on the food chain is an exciting concept.
I appreciated the character development in Quicksand. Stephanie Noon is extremely relatable. She’s hard nosed and passionate. After what happened with Canary One she has a vested interest in this project. She’s forced to deal with the chauvinism that comes with the machismo of the military, when she is clearly qualified.
I like how the artwork on the cover is done. It has great detail. It’s suspenseful. It creates intrigue. It’s an outstanding way to kick off a new series!
The artwork on the interior pages is solid. We get terrific facial expressions. The creatures look fascinating. I was especially fond of the panels where Stephanie assumes command of operations.
Quicksand #1 was originally published in a Kickstarter campaign. At the time of the campaign I was tapped out for cash. Scout Comics picking up the title and rereleasing it gave this geek on a budget a second chance to get it. I highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity, as well. This book gives us drama and intensity while reexamining the possibility that we are not alone.