The Girl in the Bay #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by J.M. DeMatteis
Art by Corin Howell
Colors by James Devlin
Letters by Clem Robins
Katherine Sartori is a walking, talking embodiment of the summer of 1969. With all the political and social upheaval surrounding her, she still wants to enjoy the summer of love. She clashes with her parents, alienates her sister and generally decides to embrace the sex, drugs and rock & roll life when she drops acid at a local bar.
Walking off the effects of a bad trip, Katherine meets a man who impresses her and the two of them start to get closer. Everything is going great until the man stabs and throws her into the bay. When she emerges, she finds that she is in the present, a world she doesn’t understand.
In her hunt to connect with her family, she finds someone unexpected. At the same time, two different presences are watching Katherine. One in the real world and another from the supernatural.
The Girl in the Bay has an incredibly interesting and challenging premise. DeMatteis has crafted a first issue that in intriguing in both character and situation with an awesome twist. I was not expecting the story to take the turn that it did once it started to build to its climax and the unexpected nature of it made me more curious to see what is coming next from this series. There are enough twists and turns in this narrative to keep readers on the edge of their seats and the final reveal opens the door for anything to happen next. I was really impressed with this issue and the story so far.
The art by Corin Howell is beautiful. There are some great details in both the characters and the backgrounds. The underwater scenes look amazing and the art perfectly matches the tone of the story itself.