COMIC REVIEW: FML One

Biz Horne’s FML One follows the story of a girl who is about to go through with something that she really does not want to. When you open up Biz Horne’s FML you automatically feel that this is something different and different in a good way.

From the opening page with the quote from Winston Churchill I could see that I was reading a comic book that was smart and enticing. It automatically reminded me of the TV show Borgen and that is a good thing.

With every comic book the opening pages are vital. This is the place that people will flick through in the comic shop and if you are not hooked you will not buy. Biz Horne has managed to excel by making a truly compelling story. FML plays out more like a film with different acts. Her first couple of pages (the first act) will move you and have you desperate to turn the page. What is even more impressive is the twist that will hit you about four pages into the story. It seems to be about one thing and ends up being different.

One line of dialogue by Horne will haunt the reader, desperate to find out what is about to happen. Her colours and structure help top build the feeling of dread, and worry for the character. This is a difficult thing to achieve especially in the first couple of pages of a book yet Biz does it effortlessly. The moody solemn colours mixed with the reds, make it an impactful introduction. Her use of black for the speech bubbles works well and makes them distinct contrasting perfectly once the light appears on the page: that seems stark and as if it does not belong on the page let alone the story.

The use of white as a negative thing illustrates the foreboding danger that the character is feeling for her future and can be all connected by the end of the issue. It is a clever use of colour that other mediums would not be able to do so successfully. You genuinely feel worry for the main character even though you yet no her name or why she is worried.

The second act continues the momentum. In other comic books a continued use of splash pages might feel as if there is not enough story for the page count. Yet again this is not the case here and shows how effective they can be when used right. The splashes allow Biz’s glorious art to flow, letting the reader delve into this story. All the way through this book a feeling of ominous doom builds till finally we get to the crescendo. Biz deals with a difficult subject matter here and deals with it well. She has cleverly managed to show how in various cultures something like this that to many of us is often seen as a happy time can be more like torture. Her ability to show various cultures and traditions illustrate Biz’s value to the comic medium.

This issue reads more like a great film than anything else. Stylized with plenty of substance, Biz Horne is a talent waiting to burst on the comic scene. A tantalizing taste of what is to come. A must read. You can check FML One here: http://bizhorne.blogspot.com/2011/08/fml-one-priya.html 

GS Reporter: Luke Halsall

GS Rating: 4 out of 5

 

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