Review: Amputation Capital #1
Fame runs skin deep...
From TPub and available to read on GlobalComix, Amputation Capital #1 is out now.
Alfie is the best at what he does, and what he does is purchase celebrity body parts on behalf of his employer Skin Deep. After years of chasing C list and D list clients, Alfie sets his sights on the recently divorced A lister Morgan Mainor. It was nearly perfect, until he gets a knock on the door from some less than friendly activists...
Raymond Tyler, Neil Gibson, Andre Rizzo, Liezl Buenaventura, Agnese Pozza, Jed McPherson and Kat Jackson
Social media is an interesting subject, and there has been plenty of different comics that have looked at various apps and ideas. Then there are the users themselves - these have their own problems and stories to tell. Amputation Capital comes from a new angle. We’ve all heard about social media managers or social media teams, well Skin Deep comes from there and ramps it up.
Buying body parts from celebrities that have fallen on hard times is an interesting twist, and in this story, we meet Alfie, who is the best at what he does.
After a bombastic introduction to Alfie, we get to see how he works. This is done with a cunning storytelling mechanism, where Alfie wants a management role and has to train other purchasers as to how he works. This works well in terms of the story and also introduces us to the world and the characters.
Alfie is an interesting character. Initially, he is dislikable. He’s brash and thinks he deserves it all. He barges into interviews and goes after the vulnerable. As the story progresses though, we do have a look into his past and where he came from. This puts us in a quandary, as he is a difficult character - we feel that we shouldn’t like him, but there are some reasons as to why he ended up the way he did.
As we work our way through this introductory issue, we get towards the crux of the story - and this is where it all comes crashing home for Alfie as he receives a visit from some activists. This leaves us at an interesting point, with some options for the characters going forward.
This was an excellent introduction to the world and the characters. I really enjoyed the art and colouring style in this, with some slick lines and colour schemes as things escalate. This is a perfect story from TPub and suits their style - worth checking out and getting onto issue #1 now.