Time for another review!
This time, it’s The Fiction, published by Boom!, and written by Curt Pires, with art by David Rubin. The colors were done by Michael Garland, with letters by Colin Bell, and edited by Eric Harburn.
As always, we use the Prince song system here: Adore means buy it, Beautiful Strange means take it or leave it, and When Doves Cry means don’t buy it.
The basic premise is this: as kids, four friends found a book that would literally transport them places, and they had a blast—until one of them went missing. It’s now ten years later, and the book appears suddenly and takes another of the friends. It’s now up to the two remaining friends to find out what’s going on—find the book, enter the Fiction, and find their friends.
It’s basically The Neverending Story, with a touch of Jumanji and Stephen King’s It.
I didn’t know the name Curt Pires. However, if he continues to put out work like this, his name will be one I seek out in the future.
Simply put, The Fiction is a wonderfully written book. There wasn’t one wasted panel, there wasn’t one wasted word. It was nice and tight, and it moved exceedingly well. It’s also smart. It’s something I would expect a writer friend of mine, John Lees, to write.
The art by David Rubin threw me off a little at times. It wasn’t anything huge, just the characters had big manga-esque eyes at times. Other than that, the story was told very well in pictures. There are glimpses of imagination there that I hope are brought to fruition in subsequent issues.
The colors of Michael Garland are also well suited to this book. The palette is bright without being dayglo, and while still seeming realistic to itself. Nothing seemed out of place with the colors.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with Colin Bell on a book that’s coming out from ComixTribe called Exit Generation, by Sam Roads. The Fiction showcases his talents well.
All of this means that editor Eric Harburn did his job, and he did it well. There were no flaws that I could find. This was just an enjoyable read all around, and everyone involved deserves more than kudos—they deserve to have this book bought and read. In the days where a behemoth like DC can’t seem to tell a coherent story in a single issue without the book feeling like part of it is padding, this is the total opposite.
Final Verdict: Adore