This Review Originally Ran on Comics Bulletin
Argentinian born Clarey's art is certainly reminiscent of the work of Dave McKean or Menton Mathews III, but it has a life all its own. The publishers, Septagon Studios, describe it as a “unique style that combines drawing, sculpture, photography, photo manipulation and digital painting to create art that has a 3D quality.” Clarey's layouts, color palette, perspective, and pacing are innovative, elegant, and stunning. His art is a perfect match for the story the book undertakes.
Septagon Studios has provided a short synopsis of the plot:
Archeologists of Shadows is set in a world where every living thing is becoming mechanical. Some think that the phenomenon is the will of the gods, and so the Authorities punish those who resist the transformation, although all wonder about the real reason for the changes.
Baltimo and Alix, who’ve lived their entire lives within the No-Destination Train, get off the train to avoid the Authorities, and to search for the Archeologists of Shadows, an underground group of the Resistance who fight to learn what the real will of the gods might be… but Alix and Baltimo will learn much more than even the Archeologists might have expected.
It's an interesting idea and is obviously set-up to follow the classic Hero's Journey/Monomyth in its organization. As well, the concept of the dominance of technology over the organic has an eerie resonance somehow to our world today.
I look forward to seeing where Cleary goes next, both with this book and his career. After reading Archeologists of Shadows, I think you will be too.
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