By: Ed Brisson (writer/letters), Simon Roy (art) and Simon Cough (colors)
The Story: A man wakes up in a Field and gets into the wrong passing car.
Review (with SPOILERS): This is a play on a classic hitchhiker story. We quickly meet a man who wakes up naked in a field and can’t even remember his name, but he has his phone and immediately starts receiving ominous text messages like, “Watch out! They’re after you.” It’s a little like that scene in the Matrix where Morpheus tries to help Neo escape the Agents by giving him instructions on the cell phone. Eventually, the guy doesn’t follow the instructions, gets into a strange car and ends up on the worst car-ride/road-trip EVER.
Basically, the guy he rides with is NUTS, drug-addicted, violent, random….. Nice one second, shooting up a restaurant the next. The whole thing is supposed to make you uncomfortable and it accomplishes that mission very nicely. The antagonist, Christian, reminds me of every bad hitchhiker cliche, and since our protagonist has amnesia, he has little choice but to follow along with the dude even if it is against his better judgement.
On the positive side, this comic is a good illustration of how panels can be constructed to create a sense of unease. Zoom in, zoom out, perspective changes galore… I’m sure there is a solid visual theory that they teach in art school about how to make the audience/reader feel unsettled; I don’t know how to explain it, but Simon Roy is all over it in this issue. Very solid job.
The only downside is that I’m just not that engaged in the story. I mean, it is entertaining and I’m mildly curious about who this Christian fella is and why our protagonist can’t remember his name and who is “helping” him with these text messages, but I’m only mildly curious. Not “spend another $9 to buy the other 3 issues curious.” Your mileage may vary…
Conclusion: A nifty and unsettling issue that teaches a lesson about getting into cars with strangers. Not sure if I’m that intrigued enough to keep reading though.