As I was unloading my haul from my weekly pull list and other various finds at my local shop, I attempted to come up with some well-reasoned method to determine which book(s) I wanted to review this week. After 5 minutes of staring at a big stack of books, I just grabbed whichever book was on top. Lucky for me that book was:
While I've lost my love of gore and horror that grew when college (thanks to a squeamish wife, I cannot enjoy it unless she's out of town and theres a 100% chance none of my kids can walk in to the room), this book brings back some of the intrigue that I miss from a good horror story.
In the first book we meet Blaise, who is an author of a new off-the-grid style movement which encourages folks to give up their cell phones. We also meet his bride to be, Gaia. Who is the exact opposite of what his philosophy calls for. Gaia is an international superstar who boasts an online following of 750 million adoring fans and she is on the quest for 1 billion followers. In book one, we discover that their marriage is what many famous individuals call for, a small endeavor that remains off the grid, until their official wedding photos are released. While attending the festivities, all parties are required to turn in their phones, which are locked away until they return home. At the end of the first book, we get the feeling that things don't end well.
This book picks up with Gaia's father (who had been in prison for embezzlement) toasting the newly wedded couple and when he finishes the hors d'oeuvres are served and the bar is open. While people are enjoying the food and drinks we get more information on the guests and the real struggle they are facing without their phones. Gaia's manager is pissed that they can't post photos to pass that 1 billion mark, another woman is seeking to reach social media stardom, and wants the reception to raise her clout, and her father is nowhere to be seen.
While meeting the guests, the official wedding photographer is sent to the darkroom to begin developing the evening's photos where he, across a two page spread talks about how photography develops a keen eye, you see things in the moment that the average person may miss, and.....the spectre of death is everywhere....AND THEN IN A GLORIOUS SINGLE PAGE, WE SEE HIS KEEN EYE REMOVED FROM THE BACK OF HIS HEAD!
With the discovery of a dead body by Gaia's father and manager (who both had stowed away an illegal phone and camera) the question becomes how do they tell Gaia and get the hell away from the reception...
The first book piqued my interest, and I am glad this book was on the top of the stack, because it shortened down my review process. As soon as I was done, I said "yep, this is it" and grabbed my laptop. This book is produced by Aftershock comics and is both written and drawn by Juan Doe. The art matches the quality of the story. The whole book is dark and gritty. Even in a well lit room, I'm dragging the book inches away from my face to find every little detail that could be hidden to figure out who the shadowy figure is who carried out the murder. If you haven't read the first book, run to your local shop and pick up the first two immediately, you won't be disappointed.
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...