Review by C.J. Bunce
The entire world stops, like something out of the 1980s sci-fi classic film The Quiet Earth, only this time all of the people are frozen in place, in an instant, wherever they stood or whatever they were doing. But one computer technician was experiencing an electrical jolt as it happened, and he may be the only person on Earth who can unfreeze people back to normal. That’s the set-up for the first issue of the new Image Comics/Top Cow series The Freeze.
This tale of an arriving apocalypse is not like the standard fare of the trope. Those typical end of the world supernatural events you might find, fire and brimstone, nuclear devastation, zombie plagues, and the like, yield to a simple global event of unknown cause, a bit like the vanishing people at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Airplanes keep flying until they fall from the sky, cars smash into each other–it’s the opposite of The Day the Earth Stood Still, instead the day the people stood still. The first issue introduces the main character, Ray, and those around him as he stumbles into one of them, and he learns his simple touch is enough to fully revive them one at a time. Where can we go from there, since one man can’t literally touch everyone on the planet?
The Freeze is a creator-owned series from writer Dan Wickline (30 Days of Night) and artist Phillip Sevy (Tomb Raider). The first issue provides a glimpse at the direction of the story, as Ray becomes the part of a squad that selectively is unfreezing individuals. But for what purpose?
Take a look at this excerpt from Image/Top Cow:
A solid start for a new sci-fi thriller series, Issue #1 of The Freeze is available now at your local comic book store. Issue #2 arrives Wednesday, January 9, 2019.