Review: ‘Brightside’ #1 Shows Potential

by Benjamin Hall


Head English spy Sir Augustus Brightside adopts a baby. He names the baby Amelia and trains her to be a super spy. Yet, questions abound that may imperil things more than a crashing Voyager Disc. Primarily, What is the enigma that is Amelia? And does would-be despot Gideon Silver have something to do with it?


Writer Stu Perrins creates a serviceable script. It has the strength of a lot of set-up to establish the world and main character. Though there is the obvious downside of Perrins overloading the amount of set-up. Despite the dumping of a vast amount information Perrin does keep the sequence of events clear. Also the characters’ personalities and dialogue are arguably well thought out. Perrins also seems to be setting this world in an alternate universe which allows for certain anachronistic details by artist Nico Valdez. Unfortunately Perrins does bury the lead on this detail.

Brightside #1 (2022) cover art by Nico Valdez, colors and lettering by Adam Blackhat.

Nico Valdez does a great job with each characters’ proportions. There is also confidence evident in Valdez line work. Despite Valdez doing a relatively decent job there are a few problems evident in this issue. The first is that Valdez could do better with texture, especially with the main character’s knees. Also a few panels to give a sense of some type of progression for characters’ movements would greatly help in future issues. (Admittedly this is probably a problem with the script as well.) Lastly, there is a facial expression that is slightly debatable as to the creative intent and its respective level of quality.

Colorist/letterer Adam Blackhat undoubtably does better with coloring than lettering. Mainly due to how Blackhat randomly bolds words to show emphasis. Whereas there is one panel where skin pigmentations look somewhat otherworldly this is in relation to a supernatural effect. In-spite of this problem these visible flaws the coloring and lettering are both competent enough on each page to at least be of medium quality. Potential readers looking for assurances of the level of quality for Blackhat and Valdez’s respective talents should take the cover at face value. Well, minus the concept of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) meets spy thriller concept which somewhat misleads the reader.

Brightside #1 is out now from Markosia.

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