Translucid is a Stunning, Elaborate Chess Match
by Jeremy Wetzel
We all love a good story between two adversaries playing a game of cat and mouse. Batman vs the Joker. Superman vs Lex Luthor. Tom vs Jerry. Ok, that last one was an actual cat and mouse, but I hope you see where I’m going here. Translucid is a story about the inner workings and dynamics of two adversaries. One is a source of good and justice, and the other is a source of chaos.
This extremely well written story by Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert explores the codependent nature of these two opposing forces: The Navigator and The Horse. One force can’t coexist without the other and the psychological aspects of their associative relationship results in a very engaging story that will keep you turning pages. Without spoiling anything, I can tell you that the team working on this comic does an excellent job of exploring the character’s backgrounds in such a way that keeps you guessing “is this the good guy’s background or the bad guy we are learning about?”
The pages and storyline are well paced and the artwork by Daniel Bayliss is phenomenal. The illustrations run a line between being very grounded and very trippy - both are elements required by the story. All the panels drawn and colored are so deliberate that the story exudes confidence and a strong direction.
I must also point out that the cover artwork by Jeff Stokely is well planned out and simply amazing. Not only are the cover illustrations iconic but the color palette chosen is incredibly vibrant. The decision to carry this through all covers for the series makes this comic very memorable and sets the tone for the story right off the bat. If these covers don’t catch your eye, there may be something wrong with you.
The best part about this series is that it has a great ending, which I won’t spoil for you. The storyline is finished and the comics are all available now so once you start reading, you won’t have to wait. Go read Translucid and thank me later.