Image Comics 2017
Written by Jim Zub
Illustrated by Djibril Morissette-Phan
Coloured by K. Michael Russell
Lettered by Marshall Dillon
Kaydon Klay wants to be famous. She wants it more than anything else she's ever known. The dream is hers for the taking, and all she has to do is embrace the national tragedy that's put her in the spotlight...
I’m a huge fan of the fact that this picks up right where the first arc left off. I mean let’s face it it’s both a great reminder of what happened and a good introduction for a new reader. Though if anyone is new to Jim’s writing they should be ashamed of themselves. So while I cannot for the life of me remember the exact ending without going back and reading it, which I’m loathe to do at this point because I want to be shocked upon discovering the truth of that which I already suspect.
One of the things about this book that I really enjoy is the fact that last time around is that Farrah was taken over by some creature who rose out of the sea. We never really got a good look at it, where it was from or why it’s even around at all. It’s one of those mysterious things that just happens to coexist with us probably down in the deepest depths of the ocean and it’s coming to the surface was nothing more than a fluke.
So we say when Kaydon was babysitting that she wanted Farrah to help her get into acting, though a washed up has been probably wasn’t the best way to do that but still any kind of help right? She is young and impressionable to put it nicely, okay she’s naive and gullible, and ripe for exploitation by a sleazy agent out to cash in on the tragedy that occurred at Cliff’s memorial party. Not really surprising considering how cash hungry we think holiday and those that inhabit it are and how society as a whole seems to worship fame and fortune more than they do honesty and integrity. Why else do we see all these reality shows where people will lie, connive and do whatever to win money all over the networks from regular through cable.
I have to say that I am really enjoying the characterisation here. From Kaydon’s new agent, Mitch, to her mother and the kids at school Jim manages to really show off the world around Kaydon and how it influences her decisions. Well that and the fact the media is more sensationalist than it should making up things out of nothing just to get clicks and notice. I mean she was a babysitter for crying out loud and what they claimed she and Farrah were is reprehensible to say the least but something that we all could very well see happening.
Djibril and K. Michael do a nice job on the interiors here. Okay yes i’d like to see more backgrounds in use as when they are it really helps with the bigger picture. Otherwise the way the page layouts are done and how angles and perspective are used is very good. There isn’t as much detail here as I’d like but then it doesn’t really need it does it? Sometimes less is more and then the fact that we don’t see what happens to Conrad is both tasteful and let’s the imagination do the work for the reader!
Unlike the last arc if there is someone possessed by a creature that inhabited Farrah we don’t know who that is. Yes her son might be infected and we haven’t seen him this issue but we did see that he knew mommy had changed through the drawings he did last arc. There is an attack this issue but it’s inconclusive in determining who it is and that means a whole lot guessing and some great intrigue. Why because we want to know who did that to the boy, granted yeah I don’t mind he was kind of a typical high school douchebag kinda guy. Still yay because something is still out there!
Jim and the boys manage to make this both light and dark at the same time. Between social issues and the way the world is seen here as well as the whole deal with the creatures that may or not be around well yeah its so gosh darned good. And yeah that last page that kind of did it for me because now it is going to really hit the fan!