Comics: Survival Fetish #2 - Reviewed

Survival Fetish #2 continues the dystopian adventure in downtown Honolulu, and goes a little more in depth about what it means to be a runner in this society. Because everything is now controlled by militia and gangs, the people in the city depend on runners for their survival as it is the runners who transport medicine and other important items, all in hopes of not getting killed by the bullets that fly by them as they try to deliver their goods. The main character, Saheer, is said to be one of the fastest runners, and he finds himself taking dangerous running jobs for money. However, the more time goes by, the more he realizes he wants out. Will he be able to get out of the running business and live a normal life?

This issue focuses more on Saheer and his inner thoughts, and allows the reader to see how he feels in regards to his job. It’s easy to see that he puts his value on the fact that he is a runner, and finds it difficult to give it up because he’s fearful if he does, he won’t know who he is anymore. He becomes depressed feeling like he always has to prove himself to others, and meet their expectations. While some people think of him as a hero, he sees himself as more of a villain, for in his mind, the villains are the ones who survive. And he definitely wants to live.

Another fun aspect to this issue are the snipers. Towards the beginning of the comic, we are introduced to a group of snipers who are on Saheer’s side, and refuse to shoot him. While not much is known about them, their story within this story is extremely interesting and draws the reader in as they watch the drama unfold.

I really enjoyed this issue. It was fun to get inside Saheer’s head, hearing his thoughts and learning more about his dreams and aspirations. The writing by Patrick Kindlon is intriguing and allows the reader to relate with Saheer as many of us share similar feelings. While I personally enjoy colored illustrations, Antonio Fuso’s use of black and white works well in this comic. The backgrounds are very detailed and he captures the expressions on the character’s faces perfectly. This second issue in a five part series, Survival Fetish #2, is available for purchase May 30, 2018.

-Amy Walker-LaFollette