A few weeks ago I got a chance to sit down with Damon Clark and discuss his Action Lab Comics: Danger Zone, book, The Circle. Now that it is out it is time for me to give you my personal opinion on this adventure.
The Circle follows the story of a young boy named Christian as he gets himself settled into his new town and new school, meeting new friends and getting into some weird things…I’ll just leave it at that. The Circle is a story that has been told before, boy goes to school, gets bullied for being the new kid, and then meets some quirky outcast friends. The Circle, in all fairness…without the cliches, is probably the sleeper hit of the year.
What sets The Circle apart from other supernatural stories about teenagers and powers, is how easy going yet creepy the atmosphere is in the book. You connect real quick with Christian as he is just a regular teenager not trying to cause any harm to anyone but for some reason, you just can’t shake the feeling there is something far darker to Christian and his friends than meet the eye. Just all around, the characters and story is very likable and makes you feel like you are back in that awful place we call high school.
Alyzia Zherno first comic debut brings an almost Tim Burton feel to The Circle, her dark and lanky character portrayals and water colored sepia tone backgrounds with a little color sets the town up for the horrors that are about to come. You know, I’ve always had a soft spot for the sketchy, painted style art, so this was right up my alley.
Action Lab Comics, although only six years old, should hold The Circle in high regards as one of the best independent reads I have read this year.