Till Death Do Us Apart: Review of Euthanauts #1

Written by Tini Howard
Art by Nick Robles

Death has always been a mystery to us. Religions, scientists, and everyday folks have their explanations of what happens after we die. Tini Howard and Nick Robles offer their explanation in IDW’s Euthanauts #1.

Thalia Rosewood works at a funeral home and is obsessed with death. When she meets cancer-ridden Mercy Wolfe, she gets her chance of exploring the frontier of death.

The Art of Death

The art of this comic represents death as a space dream world, waiting to be explored. Nick Robles’ art helps shape this world with his choice of colors and character designs. His expressive art helps show the different emotions towards death. The opening pages show a celebration of death, while the next few showcase a sobering obsession of it through Rosewood.

What is Death?

This comic might have some readers questioning their understanding of death. It might also add another dimension to their developing curiosity about it. As a Hindu and growing up in a majority Christian environment, I had a few interpretations of death. I viewed death as a phase lasting only seconds between life and rebirth. I also thought of it as the end of everything and life on Earth as death. Euthanauts adds a completely new aspect of my comprehension of death. Could death be a whole new frontier full of mysteries and wonders? Could there be some form of a life for us in or after death?

Written by Death

Tini Howard does excellent work in fleshing out the characters and introducing the world of the Euthanauts to readers. Howard presents Mercy Wolfe as a strong-willed adventurer who refuses to let death and cancer define her. She wants to conquer death by living in and exploring it. Readers are Thalia Rosewood. Rosewood is curious about death and so are we. Both of us want to see what awaits in the unknown world of death. The world of Euthanauts has some elements that readers will be familiar with, such as dream, space, and the uncertainty of death. Howard uses all these familiar concepts to create a unique understanding of death as we know it.

One area that Howard might have provided more with are the supporting characters. The characters give us an understanding of who Rosewood and Euthanauts are. Yet they could have a played bit more of a role as individuals themselves. Yet, this small point doesn’t diminish the quality of the comic.

Tini Howard and Nick Robles give us an amazing world that is waiting for us to explore. From beautiful artwork, engaging writing to questioning death, Euthanauts is a must read.

9/10

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