Review: Gate-Way #1

Review of: Gate-Way
Product by:
Joe Halpin Sr.


Reviewed by:
On January 15, 2014
Last modified:January 15, 2014


Gate-Way is a comic that just happens.

In a surreal setting where a red sky burns bright and the blanket of night brings a terror known only as the Dark Souls, ex-cop Jake Ryan struggles to make sense of his surroundings. Gate-Way is a story that weaves a rich tapestry of loyalty, lust, intrigue and betrayal as beggars, thieves, priests, and murderers all vie for power in a world that rewards the bold and enslaves the weak.

A new series from IDW kicks off this week called Gate-Way. The new title revolves around a cop who finds himself in a strange purgatory state after a drug deal gone bad. The comic is written by Joe Halpin Sr. with pencils and inks by Juanfrancisco Moyano. D.F. Martin serves as an assistant inker with Joe Halpin Jr. serving as the colorist and Joaquin Pereyra as an assistant colorist. Tom B. Long rounds things out with lettering. Is Gate-Way a threshold you should cross?

Jake Ryan is a cop who’s about to do an undercover drug deal. He’s on his way to the meet, but when he arrives he finds out there are some unexpected guests. He has a bad feeling about things, and just as he imagined, it’s a set-up. Jake gets shot and he thinks that’s it for him. Only he wakes up in an alley. Things get weirder as we discover Jake may actually be dead and has found himself in a purgatory state where some smooth talking politician types are keeping a select group of people safe in a place called Hopetown. Jake’s gut is telling him this place can’t be trusted either, but is he right?

Halpin Sr. writes a hodgepodge issue. We’re just thrown into a situation with Jake and then the drug deal quickly goes bad. From there our main character just accepts the fact he’s in this strange purgatory state with no real shock and very few questions. There’s not a sense of urgency to matters. We just sort of go from point A to point B with no real emotion. The art feels a little unfinished and rough around the edges. There are times things look really great, but then things get a little disproportionate. The colors are very subdued, so there’s no visual shifts between the living world and wherever Jake has found himself.

Bottom Line: Gate-Way is a comic that just happens. There’s no real emotion to it and we never connect to the main characters. It has an interesting premise and starts to lay out an intriguing story, but there’s no real punch to any of it. This is slated as a mini-series, so maybe the best is yet to come. 1.5/5

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