Not gaining a full comprehension of the world that is “Multiple Warheads” is one of Graham’s most charming characteristics within his writings. Frame after frame I was questioning the contents of what was occurring in the world. Once I finally let go of all predetermined notions of normalcy in modern fiction I was able to truly enjoy the chaotic, eccentrically odd world that is “Multiple Warheads.”
Graham’s new world takes place environment-wise somewhere in-between his other two works “King City”, a hip Tokyo pop inspired landscape with much life, and “Prophet”, a recovering world that’s far more than barbaric. Sure, the two comics are polar opposites, but you’ll notice the contrast as you flip through the pages.
Within the first issue there are two story arcs in motion, the first being the more “King City”-like revolving around a charming couple that is on the road to find a “smooth” life, and the other, more “Prophet”-like, following a seemingly androgynous organ bounty hunter and her pet motorcycle. Both plots are entertaining, but I constantly found myself feeling like I was walking halfway into a conversation; confused, scared, and trying to play catch up to not feel so stupid.
(Turns out our preview didn’t contain the “forward” thingy, and apparantly there’s some pretty crucial plot elements in there)
The diction is what I found most appealing in “Warheads”. Lines of dialogue are cute and quirky. Often times Graham replaces the word “I” with an eye symbol, and phrases such as “oh, I see” with “OIC.” This stylized approach made me feel like I was one of the cool kids in high school once I started getting the hang the adorable lingo
Every cell of “Multiple Warheads” is extremely lively and every being has peculiar characteristics; radiation-sniffing creatures hiss out racial slurs, cigarettes sing obnoxious tunes and motorcycles posses blood-hound-like senses. Nothing is ordinary in any sense. Understanding the world can be daunting at first, but there is much to discover and enjoy within this obscure world.
5 out of 5