Snow Fall is the story of Anthony Farrow and how he must survive a dystopian future ruled by the Corporation Hazeltyne while also unraveling the mystery of the White Wizard. Created by Joe Harris and Martin Morazz and published by Image Comics, Snow Fall is ambitious in scope but ultimately it falls short in its execution. When I got to the end of the book, I was unsatisfied with the story; there were some great ideas sprinkled throughout the pages, but nothing was fully realized.
The art is the true hero of this comic; the visuals are simply stunning. Martin Morazzo’s art is dazzling to say the least; if you were to pass this by on the comic rack, Morazzo’s art alone should be enough to get you to pick up the book and skim through it. If you’re anything like me when browsing for comics, you pick out a neat looking book and you do a quick breeze through the pages; generally if I like what I see I buy it, and this would be one of those comic for me. Martin’s art style reminds me of Frank Quietly, who drew All-Star Superman. Martin Morazzo’s work on this book is superb, and the way he draws the character’s expressions are incredibly life-like. In Snow Fall, the background is the major character in and of itself. The settings are both gorgeous and gritty, and Morazzo shows the reader how unique his vision of the future is by immersing the reader in the various locales. There are plenty of beautiful snowy mountains, dingy laboratories, urban areas, and desert vistas. The cover art for Snow Fall is definitely another highlight; it would make a great desktop wallpaper. I always love it when the artist adds sketches to the back of the book; it’s a nice treat for a reader; it reminds me of when bands add their lyrics to the album sleeve.
When I consume media, I’m always aware of the saying “there’s nothing new under the sun.” Understanding this gives the consumer liberty to enjoy the cliché tropes. Even with this awareness, I still wasn’t able to enjoy Snow Fall. The book felt like it tried to put the cart before the horse. The creators obviously had an agenda when making this book. There were two big issues the creators were pushing; big corporations and environmentalism. When reading, I’m looking for entertainment and intrigue; I’m looking for something with imagination and fun. Snow Fall felt like it was fueled by a hefty amount of angst; the two issues mentioned before are fine to inform people about, no matter what your persuasion is. Even if the author is a little heavy handed with his agenda. The flow of the story can be confusing. They tried telling the story out of chronological order, which is hard to do in the sequential art format. Whilst reading, I had to go back and reread a few pages to try and get the gist of what was going on. There are two narrators in Snow Fall; one is a fairy tale/story book narration, in the beginning of the book that mentions a wizard and a princess. The second is the third person view of the story at hand. By the end of the book, you don’t know who the fairy tale narrator is. The Wizard’s identity is revealed, however, but you won’t care.
- Story - 4/104/10
- Art - 8/108/10