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SYPHON Vol 1 Review

Dave reviews the collected edition of issue #1-3 of Image Comics’ SYPHON calling it “a dramatic sci-fi thriller.” Available now in print and on digital.



Syphon (Image Comics)

Syphon Volume 1 is published by Image Comics, created by Moshen Ashraf, written by Patrick Meaney and Moshen Ashraf, illustrated by Jeff Edwards, coloured by John Kalisz and lettered by Troy Peteri.

Print copies of Syphon Volume 1 are available either direct from Image Comics or from your local comic book shops. Digital copies will be available to download from the usual content providers. Vol 1 collects issues #1-3.


When fast-living EMT Sylas is entrusted with the power to sense and siphon pain from others, he finds a new purpose: easing the misery of those around him. But the more he uses this gift, the more he is cursed to carry the burden of others’ pain, and before long, he attracts the attention of mysterious forces who covet the power for themselves. Will Sylas continue on his noble mission, or will he fall back into his old impetuous ways?


Coming across a new comic series is one of the great advantages of reviewing. You can come across so many different titles. One new title I have recently come across from Image Comics is Syphon, a dramatic sci-fi thriller with a deep rooted story to carry the arc through.

The story centres on a young man called Silas, an EMT living a carefree life that is until he is chosen to be the host of a powerful ancient power that enables him to syphon the pain from those around him easing their pain but leaving the burden in his shoulders. It’s a lot for a young man to take control of and something that he needs to be careful it doesn’t become something that takes over him and ruining his life, what starts of looking like a great power to wealed rapidly turns into something more complex. A stranger Antonio offers what looks like a helping hand but I have my suspicions that all is not what it seems and maybe Silas shouldn’t take this offer of help at face value, we shall see what happens as the arc progresses.

This book was a good introduction to the work of Patrick Meaney and Moshen Ashraf, the characters and world that Moshen has created feels relatable even though it has sci-fi theme with mysterious powers at play, the character of Sylas is a strong lead and works well as an everyday hero that you can really get behind.

The illustrations of Jeff Edwards are bold and bright, they really work well with the powerful story with the reader’s eyes fixated at each page thanks to the bold illustrations and the bright colours used by John Kalisz.


As a new comic series I’m definitely interested to see where this story will go as it was certainly a powerful introduction, Sylas may well turn into the next big superhero. One things for sure it will certainly be a thrilling ride.


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