Wanted to wait for the hard copy before adding my thoughts. First off, the comic is dark, really dark. But the subject matter is handled well. The writing is sharp, without losing the human element the story requires. The pace is quick, and there’s an excellent twist to start off the first issue.
In terms of the art, I was a tad hesitant at the painted interiors after seeing a couple of the sample pages above, but couldn’t have been more wrong. It works brilliantly; kind of how I’d imagine the impressionists painting scenes from Max Payne would appear. The hazy lines produce great movement to each panel and add an almost nightmarish vision to it, which is suitable considering the storyline. I love the front cover. It’s a superb design. The Ether has such an instantly-iconic look.
Only thing that slightly jarred for me was the exterior of some of the buildings. I’m guessing it’s meant to be set in England, going by the mask, but they looked more New York than London (apologies if this is not the case).
A big hat tip to both @mattgarvey1981 and @DIZEVEZ for a very good opening issue. If you haven’t bought one, I’d recommend you bug Matt to stick your name on the list for his second print run.