This week saw the release of issue 3 of Lazaretto from Boom! Studios. This is a comic steeped in uncomfortable images and even more uncomfortable story threads. The basic premise is that a new and deadly virus has spread throughout a university and for their own good, the students have been quarantined.
For their own good!!
Into this already precarious situation the writer, Clay McLeod Chapman, throws in an abundance of privileged characters and creepy story lines in order to highlight the current 'real world' climate.
My full review for issue 3 is over on Comiconverse.com, but here are a few highlights, and even better, a few pages from the comic itself.
"College on lock down, seniors running rampant and a virus that brings out the worst, and grossest, in people. Lazaretto continues to prove that it is the ickiest thing on the shelves while laying out some even more disturbing truths about societies views. You can come for the zombie-esq entertainment but you will have to face some uncomfortable truths as a consequence. Lazaretto from Boom! Studios opens up the American College hierarchy and shines a light on some of its more disturbing aspects."
"There are two themes battling for dominance in this issue: claustrophobia and obstruction. As the story has progressed, the world has shrunk for the heroes of the piece. Attending University should be the first step into the great wide world, the world should be their oyster but instead their environment has shrunk. The environmental covering that surrounds the dormitory traps the characters within the building but also traps them with their secrets and personal fears"
"the most overpowering theme in this issue of Lazaretto is claustrophobia. As the central characters begin to see their options diminish, the walls start to close in. The panels start to get cramped and overcrowded. Whenever there is a crowd scene there doesn’t appear to be enough room to fit the characters in, they are either squashed together in the centre of the panel, huddled together like frightened animals, or pushed to the very edge of the panel to be cut off by the gutters. The backgrounds in the panels are for the most part sparse, devoid of substance. There is nothing welcoming in this building anymore and Levang doesn’t want the reader to feel at home at all. Everything is stripped away and closed in to heighten that locked in feeling."
Life long comic book reader, collector, and reviewer.