“Memory Collectors” collect the three issues of the mini-series together for the reader. Three models are taken out of their element and thrown into the midst of an ancient war between good and evil. While they may be familiar with tales of vampires and other such mythical monsters that live among us, there is an evil even greater at loose in the world. These monsters are a type of psychic vampire that feed upon the one thing that we hold most intimate: our memories. Now these three models must face this ancient evil with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
Since “Memory Collectors” is a graphic novel, it is important to note the quality of the illustration of the book and I would have to say that this is the main shortcoming of the graphic novel for me. To be fair, I will freely admit that this is more of a personal preference rather than any fault of the artist and so many readers may enjoy the artwork much more than I did. I personally prefer a more classic style of illustrating a story rather than the more computer enhanced type of illustration that is in this graphic novel. This kept me from enjoying the book as much as I may have otherwise but that really is just personal preference. The illustration was well done and was very sharp with an interesting use of colors.
The story itself is very well told and is a little unconventional for a graphic novel in that there are entire pages of prose with very little illustration that gives the story a feel of a kind of hybrid of a graphic novel and a short story. I thought that this allowed the story to be better fleshed out than it may have otherwise been. There is a very strong concept here in the idea of a species that lives off of the psychic energy of memories and one that is covered enough to make a good story but also which leaves the reader hoping that there will be more in the future. This is a strong work of horror fiction in a graphic novel form and is nothing like the comic books that I grew up with and learned to love but that is not a bad thing. Parents just need to be warned that this is not a story for children.
I would like to thank NetGalley and IDW Publishing for this review copy. “Memory Collectors” is available now.