Image Comics 2017
Written by Jim Zub
Illustrated by Djibril Morissette-Phan
Coloured by K. Michael Russell
Lettered by Marshall Dillon
Back Matter by Holly Raychelle Hughes
Kaydon was Farrah’s babysitter for Marty. Farrah was a washed up actress who got cast aside into the skids of the acting world when she wouldn’t put out for the series star, sound familiar to today’s world heh. When that thing from the ocean took her body and lashed out Hollywood’s most notorious blood suckers went after Kaydon. A sixteen year old girl who wanted to be an actress, with no formal training is now centre of the universe for those morbid enough to spin this tragedy every which way they’ll make money from.
So why a second arc, simple the thing from the sea didn’t die with Farrah. It has a new host and still maintains it’s hunger though it remembers Kaydon and what she did for Marty and now that she’s being used, torn this way and so that her despair should only be for the creature and not for anyone else. So anyone and at this point I do mean anyone who uses Kaydon in a way it doesn’t like well sayonara bitches.
I love Jim and how he crafts a story, through the pacing, development of the plot and characters while releasing just enough information here and there to keep us thoroughly involved. I honestly thought that something else was truth here until a moment I proven wrong and then my mind went into overdrive trying to piece together what we’ve been given to make it make sense. Yes creature from the sea, uses humans as a host, has an insatiable appetite from death so nothing is going to make sense but regardless your mind races to find the plausibility to make it all coalesce.
I like the work that Djibril & K. Michael do on the interiors here. When we are seeing the gut-wrenching horror that is the sea monster, in human form this is very much your normal comic book filled with regular people, fashion and emotional storytelling that relies heavily on facial expressions. There’s one thing I cannot tell and that’s if Kaydon has her lip pierced right in the middle of her lower lip, there’s a line there more often than not but nothings clear. So the use of page layouts through their angles and perspective are handled nicely. I do wish we’d see more backgrounds, I mean why set them up and then not use them? I mean the moment Kaydon’s on the bench with the trees, houses and news van behind them but never seen again or the apartment she shares with her mother.
Speaking of Kaydon and her mother I like how we see this playing out. Her mother works herself to the bone to provide for Kaydon and while Kaydon working would be a great boon to them, their bills and for groceries, the impetuousness of youth rears its privileged head. Generational gap for sure and from the way Jim does this it isn’t going to be long before Kaydon realises just how wrong she’s been and how right her mother is. Though how many lessons are needed for her to experience before it hits home?
So the way this issue ends is amazing to me, between the whole slew of people both supporting and hating her for who she is and what she’s done, perceived or otherwise and who is there for her on the last page to guide through making all of those who wronged her suffer yeah it’s about to be one hell of a bloodbath and this poor little girl lost at the centre of it all has no idea what’s she unleashing.
Stunning in its scope and brevity there’s a haunting beauty to what we see playing out and I can’t look away for the life of me.