In the first issue, we begin with “Workers of All Lands, Unite,” where we meet Ritsuko, a Japanese college student who’s taken a job at SunSunFunLand theme park to pay for her education. While working in the little-visited “Hall of Philosophers,” she develops an interest in an animatronic Karl Marx, accompanied by a newfound passion for Communism. Then, we move on to “Appliances in Love,” about the star-crossed romance between a microwave and a vending machine.
The second issue brings us a different kind of machine with “The Velocipede,” about a poor farm family of a couple hundred years ago, and the encroaching of technology into their simple lives with that infernal new contraption, the bicycle. Finally, “Solenoids” tells the story of a man who really, REALLY loves pinball.
The stories in these two issues are all a little bit strange, exploring both core themes of the comic in some odd and very unique ways. They’re all written by Josh Trujillo, but each story has a different artist, giving them all their own unique looks and styles. The concepts take a little getting used to, but once you start getting into it, these stories explore some fascinating concepts in ways probably unlike anything you’ve seen. If you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path, you might enjoy checking out Love Machines.