Insane Comics 2016
By Steven Pennella
Alright so this issue get further into the relationship between Dahlia and Faith and I have to say suddenly I understand a lot more why Faith was attracted to her. Also the Steven delves into the life of Faith Fallon and what she was willing to do to rise to fame well it really does smack of one of those television specials where they do that in-depth expose of a star and hold absolutely nothing back.
I have been enjoying the structure of this story from day one and Steven continues to keep this as riveting as possible. I mean yes there’s a character called the Master who has this whole supernatural or cult leader kind of thing going on which makes this that much more interesting. But it’s really kind of secondary to the fact that Faith is willing to do whatever it takes to become famous that’s really surprisingly captivating.
There’s this way that Steven tells this story that is more than a little enthralling. The way he’s able to portray the characters whether they are stationary or fluid in appearance they seem to grace the page with a power and captivation you just don’t normally see. From unknown secrets why the Master doesn’t want Faith to be a big star and offers up Dahlia instead to actually seeing why Hyman is so reluctant to let his little sister go off on her own there’s this sense of something so much larger coming from the page.
The interiors are stunning works to be it mildly and from the Masters Jesus look to Dahlia’s secret every image put onto these pages is amazing to see. The use of page layouts through the use of angles, perspective and those incredibly detailed backgrounds what Steven is capable of here is astonishing. You can almost feel the stubble of chin hair, or the body hair we see rippling under skin and muscle. The near realism of the bodies we see it really strikes a chord.
In order for Faith to get what she wants she has to get Dahlia out of the way and things happen here that are as shocking as they could possibly be. Almost as much as what Faith is willing to do in all honesty. I love that there’s so much duplicity and deception among these characters. Tinseltown has long been a place where people go to realise their dreams and more often than not are spit up and chewed out and this story takes that prospect to new heights.
This is definitely not your run of the mill story of rags to riches and it is not for the feint of heart. It’s a completely Mature Readers title full of sex, lies and murder whose route is unlike any other you’ve ever seen. With twists, turns and surprises at every turn this is a story that will grab a hold you in it’s spell and leave you breathless wanting more when the issue ends.
A spectacularly told story of a woman who is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve her dream regardless of what that entails.
Insane Comics is home to some of the most unusual, innovative and captivating stories you won’t find anywhere else.