When I received Michael Broom‘s debut graphic novel “Membrane” I was extremely excited. You see, I’ve been following Broom’s social media accounts since I interviewed him back in 2017 about his work with KNB and on “The Walking Dead”. The incredible artist has been teasing the graphic novel and his children’s book “Sky Rats” and its sequel for a while. I’m glad to finally have the book in hand.
The novel follows a military man turned criminal Called on by the government to go on a mission to another dimension, tasked with retrieving another soldier. When he arrives in the nightmare dimension his long journey begins across an alien landscape filled with strange creatures.
The forward is written by none other by Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”, “Creepshow”).
Bio-organic flying creatures that provide light, a sword that is virtually alive, and cemeteries whose inhabitants don’t like being disturbed; Membrane has the ability to redifine everything that we have ever imagined about a parallel universe, and our desire to know more about the hero and his journey.”
When I opened the box containing the graphic novel I was excited to see that it was a hardback with gorgeous art on both the front and back depicting a strange world.
The graphic novel’s artwork is absolutely incredible. Elegant and fluid, the illustrations give us a unique glimpse into a dark new dimension that we have never seen before. It’s almost hypnotic. While I was reading, I repeatedly found myself frozen, my eyes obsessed with exploring the images.
“Membrane” features the unique landscape and interesting characters that keep you eager to turn the next page. By the way, the graphic novel ended I have a strong feeling that we will see a second installment. If book Two comes along I would love to see more character development.
The book includes a cool “sketchbook” section with Broom’s original sketches and designs. It’s a nice touch. I love seeing how the characters, creatures, and landscapes evolved.
My only issue with “Membrane” is that there are a few grammatical errors.
In case there was any doubt, I am scoring “Membrane” as 4 1/2 out of 5. You can pick up your copy and see Broom’s other work HERE.
Here’s a little sneak peek at a few pages.