Oni Press 2020
Written by Christopher Sebela
Illustrated by Robert Wilson IV
Coloured by Nick Filardi
Lettered by Crank!
Reeling from her encounter with Mercer and coming to terms with her impending expiration date, Callie has skipped out on her mental hospital stay to hit the road with Scout and Naomi on a carefree trip back to Callie’s home town. But what starts as a fun trip down memory lane becomes a disco ball of bad feelings, regrets and close encounters with the FBI.
This is some crazy ass shit going on here and I love it! Whether or not Callie really wants to make things right or just live out the time frame she thinks she has left is something else altogether. It would be something else if she ends up living a long, long life and all her planning is for naught. Still the way that Christopher is able to weave the different elements into this is amazing and whether or not it's her friendships the realisation that her lover was what he was, which seems to be as malleable as can be. The journey upon which we are along for is one that never ever seems to go as planned and that's a lot of the fun because as a fan and a reader I love not being able to predict where things are going to go next.
The way that this is being told is exceptionally well done. The story & plot development we see through how the sequence of events unfold and how the reader learns information is laid out beautifully. We also follow along as watch as Callie tries to understand what she has been through and what she still has yet to encounter. The character development ties into the story so deeply here as well. The way she's continually on the move by choice or not she hasn't really had time to process everything and it is eating away at her emotionally. The pacing is great and how it takes us through the pages revealing the twists and turns along the way helps create the books ebb & flow.
I keep thinking about what Callie was told, that someone in her gang was one of his informants keeps tabbing on and reporting back to him. Now that we know who Forsythe is and how far his reach seemingly extends it doesn't come as a surprise that the cops found her so quickly. Someone had to tip them off and since Callie hasn't been back to Chicago since fleeing I don't see the logic in them waiting for her to return there. Also is that the Short North? They were on Lake Shore Dr. and well the short north did become a gay mecca.
At first I was taken aback at Robert's work but that left quickly because the man has this way of laying down the linework that shows a strong and steady hand. That he can utilise the varying weights and bring about this beautiful attention to detail is amazing. There are little things too, like the cracks I the side and asphalt that we always see but rarely take notice of. The architectural designs and the fashions of the age that we see is spectacular. That and how he is able to utilise backgrounds and how those work within the composition in the panels to show depth perception, scale and that overall sense of size and scope is perfectly rendered. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show such an amazing eye for storytelling. The colour work is really solid as well. The way we see the various hues and tones to show shading, highlights and shadow work are so nicely rendered. I am really impressed with how the sun hits the buildings and we see the colour changes accordingly.
Sometimes you find a series that you like and it's cute, interesting and intriguing and right off the bat it captures something within your mind which won't let go. This is one of those for me and if it's out I have to have it because it just brings me this inexplicable joy. Also the way that it's written is crazy Christopher that it leaves me needing, not wanting but needing, to know what's going to happen next.