Farrah is a former actress looking for new work. When her most recent audition leads to yet another rejection, Farrah decides that life just isn’t worth living anymore. In the process of drowning herself at the beach, something in the water pulls her under then spits her back out. Farrah is left with a strange power. When she is called for another job interview, the power takes over once again. What the heck is going on?!
I am definitely intrigued by the premise of this issue. The mystery is clear: what in the world is beneath the surface of the water? What gave Farrah extra appendages? What triggers them to come out? Why her? How is she going to deal with it?
Writer Jim Zub has crafted a really interesting story. The concept of the plot has got to be my favorite part. We’ve all experienced rejection in some way or another—from a job, a publisher, a potential significant other, a college, etc. The hold that the unknown has on your mind is both strong and unrelenting. Living an aimless life and not knowing where you’re headed can destroy you, mentally and emotionally. Zub is channeling some really deep thoughts and extremely bad experiences into this story, and that’s something I can respect. To put yourself into your writing—at your most vulnerable—is risky and brave.
In terms of the language and script itself, it’s very real. The language is believable, realistic, and beautiful. It’s pretty simple, so the writing is understandable and contributes to the steady pacing in the whole issue. I’m definitely keeping up with this series.
Artist Djibril Morissette-Phan’s illustrations aren’t all too detailed, but show a fair bit of emotion. There is a clear movement from panel to panel, in which we can see very smooth progression of the issue. Playing around with the sizes and layouts of panels also helps draw the eye in; the entire issue is interesting enough for us to not get bored of it.
This is a really great issue to start off the series. It generates enough curiosity that we want to stay and see what happens. I have a lot of questions about Farrah as well as whatever underwater…thing (for lack of a better word)…gave her the abilities she now has to live with. I am also a bit confused as to the title of the series. Hopefully it’s related in some way or another. Although there is a lot to wonder about, I have no doubt that we’ll get answers soon enough. For suspense/horror fans, this series is definitely for you.
Written by: Jim Zub
Illustrated by: Djibril Morissette-Phan