Review – The Fiction #2 (of 4) (BOOM! Studios)

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Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Curt Pires
Artist: David Rubin
Release Date: 15th July, 2015

Wow, when I reviewed Fiction #1 I was quite enthusiastic at how easy it was to read, it flowed from start to finish and the comic was done in a heartbeat. Part two is the polar opposite, in as much as you just didn’t realise how much information is in part one that becomes relevant when reading part two. I’ve no idea if this was by accident or by design, but it’s impressive just how much story Pires laid in the opening issue that you don’t realise is there until you read issue two.

You really need to invest, this isn’t a comic you can read and then put down. You need to read it, think about it, read issue one again, have that Eureka moment as you make a couple of connections, and then reread issue two a couple of times nodding your head at all the parts starting to make more sense now. I enjoyed this, I feel you have to digest this story a little in order to get the full enjoyment from it. Unfortunately people of a narrower attention span may not like this. However, even though there is a certain satisfaction reading and getting to grips with the story, I have to say I wasn’t totally blown away by it.

The artwork -on the other hand- I could look at for days. I talked before about the thought put into the panel layout in the first issue and issue two certainly doesn’t disappoint. The panel layouts are intelligent and well proportioned, it’s almost like perfect photography composition.

The use of negative space when the kids are being interviewed by the Police really re-enforces the sense of what is going on at that point in the story, and then switching to full face panels as the conversation with the officer turns really emphasises the change in the dialogue at that moment. This is just one example, if you look you can see lots of little quirks like this in the issue.

The colour pallet set out in issue one carries on, vibrant (but slightly darker now) for the world inside the book, the brownish/yellowish hue for the scenes in the past – indeed, a lot of the panels from the past are placed randomly over the page, almost like old Polaroids. I think it’s an extremely clever use of imagery to compliment the story.

Fiction issue two builds on the strong foundation started in issue one with a clever and it seems fairly nuanced story that is seamlessly carried by the wonderful art and lettering in the comic. As a whole, it really is something to appreciate over time, but I can’t help but feel the story hasn’t quite managed to hit that home run – for me anyway. I’ll still be reviewing part three when it comes out though, so I do have to admit I’m hooked.

Rating: A strong 3/5.

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The writer of this piece was: Andrew McGlinn
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