By Zak Edwards
July 8, 2007 - 16:12
Writer(s): Mike Carey
Cover Artist(s): Jock
Writing wise, I’m think I’m enjoying it. The main character, Jessie, is not someone I would want to know. Actually, I don’t think I’d want to hang out with any of them, but I’m enjoying the time I spent with them in this issue. They are all college students out to party and do all those things you see in those movies, up to and including experimenting with drugs and seducing a teacher. Yet while I enjoyed Jessie’s interactions with all of the other characters, I still have no idea what is going on. We start with a confession with a teacher, move to a party, to a ‘drowning in your own vomit’ moment, to a scene that gives you as little information as possible while still providing enough to make you want to stay. Turns out a character seems to have lost their identity and many people who should know the character have no recollection of them. The idea is served well in a college atmosphere as many people are trying to discover themselves during those years. A reversal of this is intriguing.
The art by Jock is interesting, which I guess works for this series. Almost every page is emphasizing a different colour palette, but not in a very ‘artsy’ way. I feels more like the colourist got up and said, “I’m feeling very yellow today and so this page will be very, very yellow!” It’s weird, and not in a Dave McKean or Sam Kieth way. I don’t know how much freedom colourists get, so it’s hard to say who’s to blame for the rainbow of colouring, but I hope it doesn’t continue. The pencils are okay, nothing that makes me want to pick up something else drawn by Jock, but it doesn’t bother me in any way either.
7.5/10 Not sure what’s going on, but okay with it.