Gail Williams enjoys a little romance...
Messolonghi in 1824 wasn’t quite where I was expecting this comic to start, but okay we can roll with that. We start at the end, the end of Lord Byron that is. Yes I do mean that Lord Byron, writer of romantic poetry and general womaniser as he dies after some exhaustive bloodletting. (He actually died in Missolonghi, but I’m the last person who should ever complain about other people’s spelling mistakes. The bloodletting is historically accurate though.)
Jump to today and a letter to Prisoner 6759A. The prisoners daughter, Lexy, is writing to tell him how wonderfully she’s doing working at Incubator Inc. All sounds like the perfect position, until you turn over and find out that it’s all a lie and the girl is working for an on-line dating agency and making up romantic profiles to pull punters in. The latest profile? Well BRYONLOVER36, of course.
Turns out that Lexy isn’t the only one experimenting. While she’s experimenting with code, some of it stolen from Incubator Inc, the company are experimenting with humans. It’s not quite clear what their experiments are, but again, I'll roll with it. Then there’s a solar flare and things happen, interesting things that will colour the rest of the series so I’m not going to tell you any more, because it’s fun to read and I don’t like reviews that give too much away.
I really liked Peter Milligan’s writing on this first issue of New Romancer, it’s sweet and sassy, has a dry wit and is overall fun. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Parsons’ drawings are fairly traditional comic book in style, but fit wonderfully. I particularly liked the unusual panel formation on the double spread when Lexy is writing to her father. That and the very last page with Bad Bryon (you’ll need to read the comic to understand that comment).
This is a definite four out of five for me. I’m seriously considering adding New Romancer to my regular order. You should too.
Gail Williams lives in her own private dungeon populated with all the weird and
the wonderful she can imagine. Some of it’s very weird, and the odd bits
and pieces are a bit wonderful. Well okay, she lives in Swansea with
her husband and daughter. And the world’s most demanding cat. To find
out more about Gail, check out www.gailbwilliams.co.uk - Dare you!