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"Murder #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Collab Creations

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Written by Matthew S. & Brittany Loisel
Illustrated by Emiliano Correa
Lettered by Micah Myers
2018, 25 Pages

Review:

If you could talk to the animals, would you still eat them? What happens when a number of domesticated species start to link up psychically? The only person that can hear them is the mysterious Butcher's Butcher, who has set out to make sure their voices are heard by taking the fight to companies profiting off of the lives of these creatures.

When you hear about a comic called Murder, you might have an idea of what you're in for. That's not entirely the case here. That description in the opening paragraph isn't entirely clear from this debut issue, however there's enough here to pull you in with some intriguing concepts. I got a chunk of that from the press release. I'm sure more will be explored in future issues. This opening chapter drops us into this world and gives us a rough idea of what we can expect.

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Writers Matthew S. & Brittany Loisel pull no punches in the portrayal of conditions in slaughterhouses or factory farms. The uncomfortable nature of this is amplified by the thoughts displayed by innocent little chicks on the assembly line to death. Their frightened voices are unheard by the workers who talk about anything else to distract from the killing they're about to do.

This opens with a fantastic visual sequence from artist Emiliano Correa, showing a chick's view from inside the egg. It begins with darkness, then the cracks form in the shell to spell out the comic's title before tearing up to reveal the harsh light of the outside world.

The voices of the chicks are shown in this rough font. Letterer Micah Myers shows them in black balloons with white letters. They’re thoughts, not speech, so the balloons float in the air like a haunting message from a specter.

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The Butcher's Butcher, despite his savage title, is the most gentle-looking person in Murder. The other human characters are portrayed as uncaring, emotionless beings, casually carrying on with their lives while the animals around them are slaughtered.

If Animosity and Animal Farm had a kid that was raised by PETA, it might be Murder. The message is pretty clear, however I don't think it's going to get me to stop eating cheeseburgers any time soon. Of course, if the animals that we kill to make these foods suddenly became sentient, it would be a terrifying experience. They'd want some kind of revenge for the countless relatives that have been consumed by humans over the years.

Grades:

Story: Threestars Murder 1 Cover
Art: Fourstars
Overall: Threeandahalfstars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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