Advance Review: Intersect #4

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Publisher: Image Comics
Writer, Art, Cover, Colours, Lettering: Ray Fawkes

…and breathe.

Intersect is back, from the city that now has a name: it’s Riodett. Treidot. Teritod. Otetrid. Yes, you guessed it. But now the city is made of people. Not in the usual way. People are becoming part of the buildings.

The only character we actually meet in this issue is Alison/Jason, who once were a couple but after whatever happened have merged into one another. Or rather, Alison has become a part of Jason, and is slowly taking over. Alison’s brother, known only as “the Kid”, was in a coma before the beginning of the story but, possibly due to what I tend to think of as “the Whatever”, has come out of it and is gradually but visibly growing… younger.

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In issue #3 the Kid, after a horrifying and indescribable act, had left Alison (who is less and less Jason, both in personality and in looks) alone in the sewers. In this fourth issue, Lucky arrives. He was a dog, Jason’s and Alison’s pet. But now it is… what is it, exactly? It (he) changed, like everything else in the city. But into what?

For the first time, we start guessing something of what happened before everything changed. Well, we actually see it in a couple of flashbacks, welcome like fresh water in a desert. No, I can’t tell you, it would be a spoiler, and we don’t like spoilers. Oh no, we don’t. And you shouldn’t either.

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Yes, I am aware that my reviews of Intersect tend to get slightly off the beaten path (OK: vaguely mental). But that’s my reaction to this series. Intersect is definitely not a normal series. From the art (paint and crayons, almost all primary colours) to the dialogues to the story itself, that feels like a dive into madness. An organised madness, of course. There will, eventually, be some kind of conclusion, some moment in which we understand. I assume. As mentioned above, we already get some hints in this issue.

At the cost of repeating myself – Intersect won’t (and doesn’t try to be) everyone’s piece of cake. The art is not photorealistic like in many of the best selling series around, nor does the series look like your typical comic. The story is extremely complex, mysterious, puzzling and really, seriously unnerving – even though it is not very easy to point out why. Reading it is a challenge – a fulfilling one.

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