Now, I’m not a traditional horror fan. I rarely enjoy gallons of blood flying everywhere, limbs sometimes matching similiar trajectories to said gallons. Senseless killings by some patholgical monster do not amuse me, more so, they remind me of all the real monsters (be they events or people) that I see movies or read books to ignore. One of the rare exceptions in the slasher-horror genre that I did actaully enjoy was Repo-The Genetic Opera; which was written by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich. So when I heard from a friend that Terrance was writting a graphic novel and would I like to see it I joyfully said yes.
The Graphic Novel has always been a favorite past time of mine. Whether it is the Japanese style “manga” or the western “comic”, I enjoy the many avenues of art and expression it brings to my senses. Therre’s the tactile enjoyment of turning the pages, the smell of fresh ink, the visual panels for my eyes to devour, and lastly (and hopefully) a plot that engages my mind and demands more.
The story, without giving too much away, revolves around a young girl-Susan-and her older brother-Tony- who suffer the tragedy of theif parents death only to fall victim to a disgruntled and unkind uncle and negligent aunt. A skirmish ensues between the Uncle and the Brother leaving the Girl alone and without her hero. This short paraphrase doesn’t do it justice, I know, but I enjoyed the story. I had this crazy idea of what would have happened to Princess Leia had luke died? Not a great corollary, but this one of the reasons I like these stories—they make your mind think and wonder. In the second installment, of which I’m still rereading, Susan has grown with children of her own and is in a troubled relationship with her children’s father. The two boys, Jesse and Travor, seem to be troubled teens (in america? No!). I would have liked to have seen more on Susan, and less of the boys in the second installment. But there is more to come, I here, and so my hunger will continue.
The art! This, if for no other reason, is why I will keep reading The Mottling. The colors are rich and dark which only add to the depth of the story—this is not your happy disney story where Thumper and Bambi playin the forest. There isn’t a lot of cheer, thus few greens and yellows. Rich purples and deep blues evoke a sense of sadness and loss, without sending me reaching for a bottle of antidepressants. Browns are used as reference for deslotion, lost open spaces. Where red—predominately in hair and clothing—as a focus for characters who I think will come to have strong emotions and a “hey, you, this is the character to watch out for”. I wish I could go on and on about color theory in this comic. It goes without saying this isn’t quite like every other one out there. I’m a huge fan of gothic stylizing, and if you are to, pick this up.
In closing, I don’t feel I can necessarily do anything justice based on only a part of it. There are more issues to come. The very fact that I look forward to them only stresses that I enjoyed reading the first two issues. No matter what part of a comic you savor the most-be it story or art, or both– The Molting has plenty to offer.