Published on December 17th, 2014 | by JCDoyle0
Intersect #2 – Review
Weird goings on in Ray Fawkes latest horror/fantasy meld as he takes his central characters down town and not all is as it seems.
Jason/Alison, the gender switching character, forces the two-faced Kid to leave the false safety of the suburbs and enter the City of Teritod. Although reluctant, he has little choice and so blindly follows, fully aware of the eyes watching them from the buildings all around them. It all seems to be going okay until a strange, enigmatic lady begins to sing on a near by stage: her voice is magical and the sound seriously affects Jason/Alison, incapacitating him/her and forcing the Kid to venture blindly on with the prone body of his friend in his arms.
When the armed police officers turn up, The Kid is thankful but not for long. It’s obvious that there is something wrong when they are taken to an elevator and transported at gun point to the roof of one of the cities tallest buildings. At the top of their world they meet Ambrose who The Kid recognises as a local store front preacher and not much seems to have changed: he continues to impart undecipherable wisdom, showing the central characters, and the readers, the city landscape and drawing attention to the mysterious ‘path’ that lays before them. He also appears to help both The Kid and Jason/Alison with their physical situations but how much of what he says are lies? How much is he actually helping them? Or is all of it nothing more than an elaborate trap to enslave the two travellers?
What can I say about Intersect #2? Just like the main characters, this comic has two facets that are at odds with each other. The art work is gorgeous to look at. It’s light and ethereal: creating the images of angels in a soul destroying city landscape, but it is also horrific as Fawkes refuses to clearly depict his characters, giving them a twisted, distorted look on every page. He dispenses with the classical idea of panelled pages and produces something unnervingly organic. All of these elements add to the overall feel of the visuals and spawn a comic which draws from a horror lexicon which most readers would be able to recognise.
Unfortunately, despite using the same techniques to produce the narrative, the actual story has become difficult to follow. It’s not always clear what is happening or who it is happening too. As he introduces new characters, Fawkes allows the other characters to drop into the background and it is easy for the reader to lose track of them: and it’s not as if there is a massive cast. The problem is that so much of the actual narrative makes little sense and is overly cryptic or relates to elements of this world that the reader has yet to be introduced to. The characters are the focus point but so little has been revealed about them that it’s difficult to relate to them or their situation. It’s a very strange place to be and there are weird, unexplainable things happening but there isn’t a foothold for the reader to use to steady themselves. On the one hand this does emphasis the ‘horrific’ nature of the experience but at the same time distances the reader for the action leaving them puzzled and distracted from the story.
I love the art work (the image above for example is simple but beautiful) and the overall style of this comic but I’m not sure that’s enough to keep me reading. I would love to get my teeth into the story, and I believe that the story itself has a lot of teeth, but I’m just not quite getting it. In the introduction at the beginning of this issue Fawkes tell’s us that “There are lies embedded in this text. There is a code. Nothing is what it seems.” and I might agree with this statement except I’m finding it difficult to see what’s happening on any level, so to unravel any possible code is currently beyond me.
It’s not often that I say this about a comic but I need someone to tell me what’s going on. At the moment it’s a like piece of contemporary Art that needs studying and I’m having trouble relating to the cultural imagery that Fawkes is drawing from.
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer/Artist: Ray Fawkes