Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Brian Woods
Artist: Danijel Zezelj / Dave Stewart
Release Date: 17th February, 2016
Issue six begins a new story arc for Gavin, and we start our new tale with a sense of catharsis. I guess being stabbed in the chest by your wife is quite the wakeup call, prompting Gavin to reflect on his life to date.
After the build-up and conclusion to the first arc, Brian Wood has throttled back the pace to make preparations for the new story. Gavin has decided to make things right with his family, especially with Greer, and makes a promise to Angie to be better. A lot of the dialogue is internal so the reader can learn why Gavin has come to make these decisions. Rome wasn’t built in a day though, and there is some dry humour in the difference between what Gavin is thinking, and what he says.
I’ll confess I was a little surprised in the direction Brian Wood takes here. On first read I thought it was a detraction from what I loved about Starve, and I actually felt a pang of loss. After later reads I’ve come to realise it’s more of a divergence. Gavin is laying plans for an ultimate ‘fuck you’ to the one percent. It’s not a betrayal; it’s more of an evolution.
The combined ink and colours of Daniel Zezelj and Dave Stewart is still, in my opinion, one of the strongest partnerships working on a current title. Daniel’s inks have such a wonderful thick presence, and belie so much more detail than is actually there. He also displays with confidence an incredible sense of architectural perspective. The scenes set in the Prison and Fish Market have a wonderfully exaggerated sense of depth that just looks freakin’ cool as. This defined ink work in conjunction with Dave Stewart’s desaturated colour swatch combine to create a powerful force majeure. It really is a powerful and stylistic one-two that sets this comic apart, and on top of this they’ve created their best issue cover to date.
Starve number six is definitely a pause for breath; Brian Wood is laying down the primer for the next arc. We are bearing witness to the rebirth of Gavin brought on by the events of the initial arc. Once devoid of purpose past survival and self-preservation, Gavin has vowed to become the symbol of insurrection. It may not be the most exciting episode of Starve so far, but the promise it shows us of what’s to come certainly is.
If you want to find out more about Starve, make sure to check out our interview with Brian Wood and Danijel Zezelj by CLICKING HERE.
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The writer of this piece was: Andrew McGlinn
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