THIS COMIC IS RATED M FOR MATURE, SO PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PRE-ORDER IF YOU ARE NOT THE AGE TO DO SO. WHILE I HAVE CENSORED THE REVIEW, I CAN ASSURE YOU THE COMIC IS NOT CENSORED.
Title : Survival Fetish
Publisher : Black Mask Studios
Writer : Patrick Kindlon
Illustrator : Antonio Fuso
Thoughts on Cover
The cover is a simple showcase of the actual internal guts in the comic, giving us a small preview of the world inside it’s pages, however my only qualm with the cover is that they have a synopsis included on it. I feel it clutters the whole piece a bit, with so much writing giving us the small outline of what would normally be located directly on the inside of the cover instead.
The buildings being shown on the cover, seem to take the shape of a gun, which to me makes this so much more powerful, save for the massive paragraph subtracting from the overall theme.
Saheer is a man who resides in Honolulu, and traverses the world of massive buildings controlled by the gang lords in town, or the militia, which is just as bad for him. As a runner, he is responsible for bringing in materials, drugs, and other necessities for those who seemingly have nothing. An entire community of people who work together to survive, but need certain things to keep it that way.
The issue is those in true power, are watching the buildings, and shooting before they ever ask questions, making the job he does the most dangerous one of all. In fact, it is mentioned several times that all of the runners have been killed by this point, with Saheer appearing to be the only one left.
Add that to the mounting internal turmoil with Saheer banging the daughter of one of the colonies most prominent members, and we have a giant cluster (expletive) of a show. He seems to have the soul of a good man, charging little for the work he does, but that is the best part of writing, you can make the audience love or hate a man in a few panels.
I can’t decide for you which one you will choose by the end of issue 1.
What I Liked
- I loved the choice to do this comic in black and white, as I feel it leaves a lot more to the imagination. It gives the reader a much better chance at deciding how they feel a story will go.
- The writing is captivating, with just the right amount of twists and turns, keeping us going through the whole things, and knowing we will want to continue at some point in the future.
What I Didn’t Like
- My only issue is I did not feel it had much development for the secondary characters, and while I understand fleshing out the main one, it would be good for us to actually care about what happens to some of the others as well. At this point, I couldn’t care any less.