Cognition was released this year through Kickstarter campaigns for issues #0 & #1 and creator Ken Reynolds teamed-up with Sam Bentley to bring us the dark world of the British Occult Secret Service (B.O.S.S.).
It’s been billed as a “supernatural-noir-adventure” and while that’s true it feels even darker than that suggests thanks to some work from the creative team. Ken’s introduction to the main characters of Cal, a steam powered automaton inhabited by a human spirit, and Sigma, a demonically possessed mouse, is so matter-of-fact that it’s refreshing to be dropped into a story where we’re left to try and figure out an origin or possible reason these two characters came to be working together by ourselves. While issue #0 introduced us to the main premise and the central characters across three short stories it really hit the ground running with a full story in issue #1, with more of the same on the way after I caught up with Ken for an interview earlier in the year too. Dark & moody main characters mixed with finely detailed art in a well-paced story wins the day and I’m hoping to see more of this in 2017.