One of the worst video games I’ve ever played was Heavy Rain on the PS3. I have two memories of that game: one is a part in which a character calls for his son and you can make him do this over and over and over. For some reason the voice acting makes it sound like a computer and so now whenever I hear the name “Jason” I will imitate this scene from the game. The other memory is of the P.I. character that you’re forced to play as. He sucked. He was the worst characterization of a private eye I have seen and so now whenever I see anything that’s similar to that character, I kind of sigh and roll my eyes. This story is based off of a characters from a novel that I will never read. Mostly because this story isn’t very good, interesting, and is populated by characters I couldn’t even fake caring about. One of those characters is a disgraced journalist that reminds me 150% of the character I roll my eyes at.
The story is that a woman wakes up in a bathtub having some back alley surgery done to her. She finds this dude named Kelsey somehow and he tells her that the kidney thief thing is a myth because blah, blah, real medical reason here. He blows her off and then some people use a baseball bat to beat in his hotel door to… I don’t know, tell him to leave her alone after he already did that one his own?
Now he’s involved. That was the deus ex machina to make him get involved and it sucked. By the by, the guy runs away after a gun is pulled on him, but only after Kelsey somehow fumbles the gun. Then the dude is hit by a car… to keep the secret… or something.
There’s a mystery of sorts going on about what’s inside the woman: who are these people that want it and so forth? The problem being that we’re really not given much in the way of details and what we are is of course through exposition. Exposition. Exposition.
The ending of the story was particularly unrewarding as the most logical thing possible happens. There was no guess work needed. This is a one-shot of sorts, I actually have two more from the same publisher, but I don’t know if they’re based off the same work and if they connect to this story. I kind of doubt it which just makes this a strange ass one-shot that accomplishes very little.
Due to the way I paced this review, I’m going to leave you on the art. It’s okay. It’s not great. I believe it’s water colored, but there’s a lot of inconsistencies in the coloring. Some scenes are just too dark and then you turn the page and they’re too muddy and bright. There’s not a good balance for the coloring, which is needed for water coloring to really work in a comic. The action is clunky and there’s too many extra lines that really clutter up the page. This was an experience for sure, but like Heavy Rain, it’s not one that I wish to repeat.
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