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With each plot twist, MEMOIR #4 (from Image Comics) keeps
its readers guessing who to trust during this puzzling mystery. Imagine
everyone in a small town taking part in a horrible murder, but somehow they
suddenly forgot what they did. The Lowesville residents had their minds wiped
clean, as if they are suffering from memory loss. Are they just faking an
illness in order to get away with murder? A lone reporter is caught in a web of
lies and finds himself trapped in Lowesville.
Reporter Trent McGowan originally thought his assignment was
to prove the baffling event was actually a giant hoax. But then, in a
jaw-dropping revelation, a pile of dead bodies were uncovered. To get rid of
the evidence, someone went to a lot of trouble burying the corpses in the
middle of the streets. In a small town full of big secrets, Trent set out to
find the killer hiding among the locals. Unfortunately, he ended up with his
life being threatened.
Now framed for a crime he didn’t commit, Trent is hiding
from the authorities. With no Internet, he is unable to communicate with the
rest of the world. Even though someone wants to kill him, he will not stop his
investigation for the truth. While seeking shelter, Trent unexpectedly finds an
underground passageway behind locked doors. After discovering stacks of
top-secret papers, Trent is about to regret stepping foot in this mysterious
Lowesville is strangling the life out of its inhabitants.
The Shadow People lurk in the woods, waiting for the right opportunity to
strike. They intend to punish the residents for their exploits. The guilty
cannot escape from the spirits of the town’s dead. Behind the seemingly twisted
trees and ever-growing plants, the dead are chanting, “They’re coming…”
Author Ben McCool has a slow and evenly-paced style in
setting up the clues for his mystery. Even though he is self-absorbed, Trent
gradually changes as a protagonist, becoming more likable. Delusional and
frightened, Mr. Rockman knows what really happened the night when everyone lost
their memories. If he is haunted by ghosts, Rockman knows more than what he is
With each black and white panel, artist Nikki Cook heightens
the creepiness through the town residents. Uncomfortably overweight and with
distinct facial features, the residents are somehow physically scarred from
their memory loss. The highlight of the issue is the shocking discovery in the
underground lair. Drenched in shadows, Cook uses black silhouettes and tight
close-ups to build the shocking revelation.
With stylish artwork and great storytelling, MEMOIR #4
consistently builds suspense with a growing list of antagonists and unexpected
plot twists. With no one to turn to for help, Trent finds himself trapped in a
town full of murderers. These killers will do anything to keep their secret
hidden, even if it means shutting off communication with the outside world.
Don’t miss out on this very creepy mystery.
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