Dozens of people from all across the United States suddenly find themselves recalling random things: song lyrics, places, and events that seem to have been erased from both collective memory and recorded history. Fearing the spread of a virus-like plague, a mysterious group known as “The Handlers” is tasked with hunting and destroying those who recollect.
Things You Shouldn’t Remember is an intriguing little title with a premise which shows plenty of potential. However as with most first issues, there’s not a whole lot here to grasp onto as we’re instead left with a bunch of vague questions as to what is going on throughout. Although this could leave some readers feeling a little cold, Luis Roldan Torquemada’s writing is snappy enough to keep most people engaged with the material whilst Mariano Eliceche’s expressive artwork is able to captivate, thanks in part to Angel Lidon’s use of bold colours.
The creative team behind this project all do enough to complement each other and with the basic groundwork being set throughout, there’s no panel wasted in setting up to what could be a hugely entertaining ride. With dashes of sci-fi, a hint of thriller and a huge helping of mystery, Things You Shouldn’t Remember seems to have a winning concoction of multiple genres at its disposal.
With a handful of character introductions, we’re able to find out just enough about their individual personalities to get a flavour of what they’re all about whilst also being left with many more questions as to where they’ll fit into the story. Whether it’s the strange alien in the opening pages, the sinister Handlers who track and kill people who recollect or the happy-go-lucky poker player who is captured by a bunch of mobsters - Things You Shouldn’t Remember will have you hooked. So if you want a surreal oddity to pass the time then jump on board for something that you may just want to remember.
THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T REMEMBER #1 / AUTHOR: LUIS ROLDAN TORQUEMADA / ARTIST: MARIANO ELICECHE / PUBLISHER: DARBY POP / RELEASE DATE: 30TH AUGUST