"Fantasy Killer #1 - #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

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Published by Handsome Devil Comics

 

Written by Kevin Hock
Illustrated by Leigh Jeffery
2015, 24 Pages Each

Review:

Alex McCormick is frustrated with life.  He used to be a musician with dreams of being a rock star, but now he's stuck in a dead-end job with co-workers that don't care about or respect him.  Alex is tired of people taking advantage of him, so much so that he's begun having elaborate fantasies about brutally killing anyone that annoys him.  These are just daydreams though...right?  

Fantasy Killer pulls forward thoughts that we've all had at one point or another.  I doubt anyone can deny wanting to strangle an idiot in front of you in line at the store or some asshole that cuts you off in traffic.  It's normal.  What makes us sane individuals is that we don't act on these impulses.  Alex's thoughts are so realistic that he has a hard time differentiating them from reality.  If that's the case, how soon will it be before he has some actual blood on his hands?

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These dark thoughts are brought to life by artist Leigh Jeffery.  They are increasingly bloody and violent as the book progresses.  Whether he's stabbing someone in the jugular with a pen or bludgeoning a customer with a laptop, it's all chaotic violence.  You can feel the hate spewing from Alex in these scenes.  This is his way of venting, I suppose.  

The murder that takes the cake in these first two issues of Fantasy Killer is the elephant mascot at Happy's Place, a pseudo-Chuck E Cheese-type kids restaurant.  You get a glimpse of this in Jeffery's cover for the second issue featuring the mascot covered in flames and running like a madman.  Alex imagines setting the big foam costume on fire and watching the guy slowly burn to death.  It's a crazy scene, made even more insane by the crying children watching from the sidelines.  

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My only qualm with Jeffery's artwork is the architecture.  The inanimate objects are very bland and flat.  This is the case for almost everything, from cars and buildings in the background to tables and chairs in the foreground.  Jeffery has some great character work, but it just looks a little weird in front of these blocky settings.

Fantasy Killer has a very Dexter vibe to it, which is great.  The difference here though is that while Dexter is a fascinating and multi-faceted character, Alex is a stick in the mud.  He has a sense of entitlement that is all too common in the current generation (wow, that made me sound really old).  We don't know why his music career didn't work out or how he ended up working at Einstein Squad fixing computers, but he's not really doing anything to better himself.  He just mopes around feeling sorry for himself and complaining about how the world screwed him over.  No one is just going to hand him a recording contract. 

Grades:

Story: threestars Cover
Art: threeandahalfstars
Overall: 3 Star Rating

 

 

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James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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