Review: A Voice In The Dark #1 By Larime Taylor
“BLOOD MAKES NOISE”
It’s been 72 days since Zoey killed someone. With her recent move to college, Zoey is eager to start a fresh chapter of her life — one where she can control her dark urges the way she has before. But when she becomes the host of a late-night campus radio show, Zoey must consider if she has given a voice to something far more troubled than her anonymous callers.
Today we have a review of a new creator-owned series that recently got picked up by Top Cow Productions. The new comic, called A Voice In The Dark, is written, drawn, and everything else by Larime Taylor. The comic’s creator gained a lot of attention with his Kickstarter project for the book. Taylor was born with Arthrogryposis, which causes stunted development of his limbs. He draws, writes, and creates the book using a Clintiq tablet which he operates with a pen in his mouth. His story gained attention not only for the comic, but as a human interest piece since it was his first comic. Read on for a rundown of what it’s about and what I think, but I will tell you know that Taylor presents a comic that shows the skill of a seasoned and experienced comic book writer.
We’re introduced to an incoming college freshman named Zoey. She’s a smart girl, but a bit of a loner. She has a best friend, but she doesn’t socialize much and she’s not a great public speaker. Zoey seems like a slightly odd, but overall normal kid. She has an addiction though- she feels the need to kill. Zoey tells us how many days it has been since she killed a girl that bullied her sister. The school bully outed her friend, the friend’s parents disowned her, Zoey and her family adopted her, but the newly adopted Seven was so depressed that she tried to kill herself. Zoey had always felt dark urges, but the bully was the first life she had ever taken. In the months following, she has been having urges and daydreams about harming people more and more frequently. She’s hoping that moving into her dorm, starting a new school, and working at the school’s radio station will help her get things together. When Zoey keeps having conversations with her darker side in the mirror and her daydreams about killing the people around her become even more frequent, she may find that there is no way to balance her two selves.
Taylor writes a dark psychological thriller full of rich and well developed characters. The first issue collects a few installments of the mini that ran in a digital format. Taylor does a good job presenting the story and giving believable dialogue, but you can see a big improvement between what separates the two installments. The dialogue starts out slightly stilted, but become more natural. It’s a deep and dark drama that’s right up there with great TV shows like Dexter or CSI (the good one). Taylor presents a varied cast of characters with different ethnicities and body types. He renders each one beautifully and is even able to use a little body language to add another dimension to the story.
Bottom Line: Taylor proves he’s a skilled writer and artist well beyond his years over the course of 30 odd pages. Make no mistake, this is a dark and mature book but it’s something that reaches well beyond those genre labels. It’s easy to see why Taylor’s story got picked up by Top Cow. Get in on the ground floor of this sure to be hit. 4.5/5