Image Comics 2016
Written by Jim Zub
Illustrated by Djibril Morissette-Phan
Coloured by K. Michael Russell
Lettered by Marshall Dillon
Back Matter by Holly Raychelle Hughes
With each issue that comes out the series gets that much stronger and that’s exactly the way it should be. Jim continues to grow and evolve the characters in ways that surprising and interesting so that the emotional connection the reader has to them keeps growing. Not to mention that the fact may be that Farrah may have something inside her now it’s her newfound strength that could’ve come from any number of other reasons keeps us riveted.
We open with Kaydon and her mother having a conversation. It’s natural for every mother to look out for her child it’s what mother’s do after all. But sometimes there’s not just a generational gap but soico-economic one as well. Kaydon has dreams but her mother just sees them as foolish flights of fancy and if her life has taught her anything it’s to settle and make the most of it. It’s interesting to see how they see the world so differently but it’s also very honest and if not always practical.
With the trio off to lunch and the everyday slice of life that goes on here it’s incredible to see the characterisation Jim is bringing to this. I mean the transformation in Farrah is remarkable and the comfort in her own skin she’s projecting is both wonderful to see and frightening as can be. Kaydon recognises this but keeps it to herself and it’ll be interesting to watch as this continues and where Jim plans on taking it.
Her new embolden personality suits her. Finally shedding that depressed good girl thing in favour of this more aggressive and realistic bitch while may be a result of her new parasite is still great to see. There’s a leap in logic that says she could have done this without this things help and become this crazy woman who’s able to exact her revenge but the idea that it’s an outside force helping compel her actions makes it that much unusually thrilling.
I do love the aspect that this thing inside her can do what it does and what we see this issue. I mean it keeps her from being in the line of sight even if she had just left the limo. I mean c’mon she wasn’t the last person to see him alive and he was fine when she left. Heh. Now i’m all for empowerment and this twist on it is so freaking cool that while part of me wants to learn about this thing inside her the other part just wants to see her cut loose and get back at those whom she sees as having ruined her life.
Maybe it’s just me but it seems like Djibril’s interiors are getting a bit stronger and that’s definitely a benefit on working on a monthly series. That whole practice makes perfect scenario and the attention to detail here shows marked improvement and it was already good. I like the flow the story through the page layouts with the use of angles and perspective. We’re starting to get more backgrounds and could always use more so that the panels get filled and show off more of what’s happening at that moment. The creativity and imagination we see is wonderful and that one moment in particular was handled extremely well.
It’s a great story with an usual route. There’s an undeniable presence about this book that draws you in and leaves you with a desire to want more.