Walkthrough - The Light, Issue 1
by: David Pinckney
Nathan Edmondson gained a lot of popularity with his Image Comics limited series Olympus. Now, Edmondson is at it again with his new limited series horror comic, The Light. As a fan of his previous work I decided to pit up The Light and was happy to see that Edmondson came out with yet another solid comic. With that said, many people may not have picked up the comic and want to know if they could get into it and some people may have read it but missed or didn't understand some parts. We are gonna take this article and turn it into a walkthrough of issue one of The Light to explain the characters, plot, and major events in the comic. This is article has some spoilers but they are noted.
Coyle – The lead character of issue one and presumably for the rest of the series. To say he is a bit of a jerk is an understatement but he does have some sense of humanity when it comes to his daughter. Coyle finds himself as almost a social pariah do to the fact that he treats everyone around him like they aren't worth the dirt they walk on. That said, his interaction with characters create an interesting level of tension as you don't know what he is going to do or say next.
Avery – Coyle's daughter. She lives with her grandmother and father. Like most people Coyle interacts with Avery typically doesn't want anything to do with her father, avoiding him if at all possible. Though her age isn't given, she acts as your typical teenage girl and interacts as such.
Ray – Coyle's boss (or as of page 2, his former boss). Though he doesn't have much of a role in this issue and his personality is really shown, he does act in a part of the comic that really kick starts the plot.
Grandmother – Coyle's mother and Avery's grandmother. The grandmother isn't proud of what her son has become. Though she doesn't really blame herself for Coyle's personality, she wishes she knew what she could have done better. This is not to say that she feels sorrow about his outcome, in fact she is bitter towards him and seems very put off by his attitude.
Plot [Spoiler Free]:
The point of this issue was to show the reader what is going to be in store for them as they continue to read as well as push Coyle and Avery into a situation where they need to figure out how to get out alive. We see that the light, for whatever reason, is killing people in almost a fantastic display of illumination mixed with the horror of the bodies of the people left burt down to the bone. The only way the light is able to harm the people is if they look at it. This proves to be very hard to not look into the light for most people. And it isn't just a curtain kind of light. From this issue we see that looking at any form of light can have this effect on people.
Main events [Not spoiler free from here on out]:
There are several things that are pretty important to this issue's story and somethings that are mentioned that may take into effect in later issues.
Ray and the Grandmother's Death; Avery and the light -
During this issue Ray finds himself running to Coyle's house trying to warn him not to look into the light. He's screaming for help but since Coyle has no idea what he is talking about, Ray finds himself dead due to the effects of the light. Panicked, Coyle runs into the house to tell his mother and daughter to not look into the light, but it's to late for his mother. He gets some googles that block the light and he grabs his daughter and ties some fabric around her eyes so she can't see. She has no idea what is going on, but her and Coyle leave and try to find a way out of the town. The two of them run to Avery's Uncle's house to borrow his car but as they get there Avery gets a bit to curious and takes off the fabric and looks directly into the light which is where the comic leaves off.
Coyle's Ex-wife -
I felt it necessary to remind everyone that his wife isn't dead. She left due to abuse from Coyle. This may come up in later issues as sort of way to fix a broken family after a disaster. That isn't for sure, just an assumption.
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