Written and illustrated by the extremely talented and always entertaining Ben Templesmith, Singularity 7 explores what happens when one person is granted nearly limitless power.
Published by IDW in 2004 as a four issue mini-series and later collected in a single glossy trade paperback, Singularity 7 marks the first time Ben Templesmith did a comic all on his own. Doing all of the writing and drawing, this is a definitive piece of work in Templesmith’s growing bibliography. A meteor falls to Earth; hitching a ride is a group of nanites so tiny they can manipulate individual molecules. They quickly flock to the nearest human, a young boy. He quickly gains nearly unlimited power, and after a short stint playing as the savior of humanity, power lust gets the better of him and he begins churning out machines of war with the intention of taking over the planet. Singularity 7 explores what happens to the few remaining survivors.
Like all of his other work, it becomes instantly obvious that Templesmith did the artwork for this series. Soft lines and angles abound, with detailed clothing and armor worn by every character. Templesmith’s style as a charcoal/pencil hybrid fits the story and setting perfectly; his artwork is always the highlight of his comics, and Singularity 7 is no exception. The dark and gritty world of an Earth taken over by a “man” drunk with power is portrayed exquisitely. You can almost smell the death and destruction that has ravaged the planet, with wasteland that barely resembles how it once looked.
While I wish there were more issues, the storyline is still explored sufficiently in the four short issues. Unfortunately, the binding on the trade paperback isn’t very strong, so you have to be careful when handling it…pages can come out fairly easily as they are held in with just a couple of staples. Excluding the binding, the trade itself is quite attractive. Pages are glossy and thick, showing off Templesmith’s artwork perfectly.
Singularity 7 is one of Ben Templesmith’s better works, although I recommend readers new to him to read Welcome to Hoxford first.