Everything #1 Review

Title: Everything #1
Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Christopher Cantwell
Art: I.N.J. Culbard
Published: September 4, 2019

Publisher’s Summary: “EVERYTHING is a gleaming new mega-department store which arrives to extraordinary thrill—and rapidly escalates to inexplicable mania in the small town of Holland, Michigan. When random hellish fires and unshakable psychic disturbances start to overtake the community, a few—like depressive out-of-towner Lori and a suspicious local named Rick—begin to suspect EVERYTHING and its catalog-perfect manger, Shirley. Who—or what—exactly is in charge here . . . and what insidious plans are in store? From Christopher Cantwell, acclaimed writer of She Could Fly and co-creator of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, and celebrated artist I.N.J. Culbard (The New Deadwardians, Brink) comes a new monthly ongoing series. Everything: a truly bizarre story about the most horrifying pursuit of happiness you’ve ever read.”


Review

Built on what used to be a factory, the giant department store called “Everything” opens with the promise to bring prosperity back to a town desperately in need of something to help its long faltering economy. With this kind of hope and anticipation, tragedy and disappointment can’t be too far behind. Some of the townspeople are introduced, each with a troubling backstory. Then strange and deadly things start to happen.

In Everything, Christopher Cantwell captures the underlying despair of a small town whose best days seem to be far gone, as well as those lost souls who inhabit it. Holland, Michigan is the type of place where the sales pitch that retail space development is the solution to all their problems truly becomes an offer that cannot be refused. The only choice is is the acceptance of “everything” or the reality of nothing.

Moody and intimate, I.N.J. Culbard’s artwork breathes life into a story all too familiar in small towns everywhere. The emptiness versus apparent plenty, the dark and the light.

The Bottom Line

The first issue of Everything is gearing up to be a poignant statement of how easily need leads to despair complete with all too familiar townsfolk who can’t help but be tragic figures.

The Bottom Line
The first issue of Everything is gearing up to be a poignant statement of how easily need leads to despair complete with all too familiar townsfolk who can’t help but be tragic figures.
Yes!
Retail Hell.
No...
8.5
Score

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Dave Robbins
While wearing flannel shirts that are older than his editor, Dave works as the Associate Editor at the Brazen Bull where he often says things like: "Don't talk to me about David Lynch until you've seen Eraserhead."

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