Review: Food Chain #1

When I read the synopsis, inside the front cover, I was actually intrigued by it. I’m not sure if I was intrigued because of what was to come, or what my expectations of the issue were at that point. Regardless, the issue was a little like a rollercoaster. There were times that I was totally on track and there were other times that I didn’t know what was going on. So I guess it was a little more like a car accident in that sense. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that reading it was like being in a car accident, that totally points to the negative. I’m just saying that there was a lot going on and I’m not sure that I caught everything. I think that the potential for this to be a gripping series is totally there, but I may have been at a disadvantage. Some of the lingo was a little off. I’m not sure if that was a writing error or if that’s just the way they talk across the pond, but it did throw me a bit. Anyway, It wasn’t all bad, but the way that I keep going on about it, I’m sure, gives that impression. So I’ll just move on. Imagine that your life is awesome. You’re the best at what you do. Unfortunately, you have one weakness, technology is vital to your level of success. So when you lose the one thing that you need to stay on top of your game, what happens? I promise that you’ll never guess. This is a story about a man’s life going from bad to worse, and in a way that will make your head spin. I wouldn’t want to be this dude. For any reason.

Food_Chain_01_Mid_Res-1I kind of touched on the script a little in the intro, but that’s what this section is for. The way American writers, or at least people who have been writing here for a while, write, is different than anywhere else. I think that we can all agree on that. That is definitely the main thing that this issue has going for it. The folks over in the UK may have been crazy for it, but this kind of stuff has a shaky track record with us yanks. I was actually impressed with how well the book kept my attention, though. I would like to see where a story like this eventually ends up. I assume that this will be released in some kind of mini-series type of format.

The art seemed really amateur. But a lot of indie/creator owned/amateur stuff has a way of doing that. Makes sense, right? So I’m not really going to say much. It got the point across and it didn’t bore me. But I will point out that I felt like I was reading an in-flight crash preparation guide. You know, the ones tucked in the airplane seat pockets? It definitely had that feel to it.

So yeah, my review was little all over the place, but I hope you can make your decision to read or not to read based on this. I would suggest reading it because of the potential that it has. If you don’t have good luck with indie books, though, I’d skip it. But hey, wouldn’t you want someone to read your first try? I know I would. What the hell. Maybe you’ll really dig it. Oh and we don’t use half numbers in our scores, so I round up.

Score: 3/5

Writer: Jim Alexander Artist: Pete Woods Publisher: Planet Jimbot Price: £3.95, $6.60 Email -