Published on November 19th, 2014 | by JCDoyle0
Intersect #1 – Review
There are a lot of new comics coming out at the moment and a large proportion of these seem to be either Sci-Fi westerns, such as Copperhead, or horror stories like Wytches. Intersect falls into the second of the two categories but don’t be fooled, this probably isn’t like anything you have read in a while.
The cover of issue one has a two colour image which portrays a faceless figure engulfed in deep reds and a cold blue wolf mouth and partial face giving the reader an insight into the duality of the characters that inhabit the pages beneath. The story opens with Jason awakening in a body but he touches himself as if it’s not his, which is understandable as it’s female. The Kid watches him and is a little disgusted at how sensually Jason touches his flesh. But there is no time to linger on the body because there is an urgency to the situation. Jason has been out for three days and there is a lumbering, unseen beast at the door. The assertive Jason grabs the Kid’s arm and pulls him towards the window where they leap out into the five storey drop. As Jason hits the floor head first his neck is snapped.
However, within moments, Alison scrambles to her feet explaining that she was forced to swap in after Jason’s recklessness.
Confusion is part of the beauty and the source of the unnerving horror in this story. The reader is thrown into the deep end with nothing to protect them: no basis for understanding. It’s a sink or swim situation and the unseen threat that chases the two characters through the watercolour style pages doesn’t allow the reader to get comfy or take stock of the surroundings. Some people may find this disconcerting, which I’m sure is the point, and be put off because of it. This is not straight forward narrative that sets up the characters and the situation and then introduces the antagonist, this is a world that the reader cannot immediately understand but has to deal with without question: figure it out like an enigma. There are clues littered throughout the text and images, references to flakes of frosted blood and things falling from the sky. They meet a character who appears to have fused with a cafeteria grill but shares the same symbiosis that Alison and Jason share.
Ray Fawkes has deliberately created a world that the reader can’t understand so that the horror of the moment comes naturally, shrouded in a cloak of distortion. He is no stranger to horror comics, writing DC’s Constantine, but here his art work is much more disturbing and, in a word, phenomenal . The use of painterly images and block colour washes help to create an uncomfortable setting because it is a mere impression of a world and the disjointed, uneven panels don’t allow for any order. You cannot control this comic or this story. It has been designed to leave you out of your depth and that is exactly how you will feel when reading it.
Whether this is going to engage you as a reader or distance you from the story will depend on what you like reading. More so than a lot of comics, especially in the mainstream, this is going to divide readers opinions but with the success of Scott Snyder’s Wytches, there is definitely an audience out there for this kind of story telling.
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer/Artist: Ray Fawkes