Hollywood is a ridiculous and soul-draining place – especially, it seems, for those looking to make a name for themselves in the acting world. This seems to be especially true for Farrah Durante, a past-her-prime actress who, despite her success on a Star Trek-like science fiction show, has seen the spotlight on her dim.
With her life in shambles, we see Farrah still trying to come to terms with her lack of acting options while still trying to make her mark, as well as taking care of her young son. With help, she’s barely getting by, and that’s without mentioning the fact that Farrah is possessed by some kind of monster that has caused any semblance of stability in her life to go by the wayside.
I’ve said this before on other titles, but this is a weird book. While I think it’s a really interesting concept and a great allegory for the struggle of the Hollywood lifestyle, I’m wondering if it’s getting a bit lost in the horror element. It doesn’t seem like the series has hit its stride just yet, but I’m excited to see it get there, and the promise of what’s to come has me along for the ride.
Jim Zub is an incredibly creative writer, and his past work has cemented that status. This is another notch in that belt, bringing some really robust plot development to this story. I’m a bit torn on whether or not this series is for me, but the creative team and their reputations have a lot of leeway, as I know they’ll bring a great story with them.
That also goes for the art team. Artist Djibril Morissette-Phan has really shined on this series. The horror elements of the book are incredibly well done, especially with some of the more visually striking elements. The concept of the creature itself is really awesome, and Morissette-Phan is nailing it with the artwork. K. Michael Russell is doing a fantastic job on colors as well, changing up the palette when some of the more intense moments are coming. Marshall Dillon rounds out the team on lettering, and while I’d like to see some more on the sound effects front, I think it’s an excellent issue from him.
Overall, this book is a bit of a toss-up for me. I like a lot of aspects of the series, but it hasn’t just grabbed me yet. I’m hoping it’ll find its footing for me soon, because I love the concept and the creative team. Image is known for taking some major risks with their titles, but they also have a history of those risks being totally worthwhile. I’m thinking this is one of those worthwhile risks.