In a world where psychics are a legitimate business, though tightly unionized, we find Bob. He’s a hairdresser, a barber, and a psychic. He can see people’s auras, he can see non-corporeal forms hanging around, he’s the real deal. But for some reason he hasn’t started taking clients, or applied to the union. Well Bob’s great-grandfather “Gramps” has decided it’s time to join up, so he lines up an interview for Bob.
Meanwhile a great evil has been unleashed by a glory seeking scientist.
It’s obvious from the start that their paths are on a collision course. Lucky for us Adam and Lance know how to craft a story. They dole out the plot points a piece at a time using every character well and creating a story and world that the reader can just slide into. They weave all the stories together and give us not only twists but one or two cool surprises as well. Though I found myself wondering if this story would be resolved by the end of the issue they tie up the loose ends and give us a satisfying conclusion with lots of room for future stories.
The art, as you can see in these pages, is solid. Francisco Resendiz’s style is familiar but not so formulaic to lack character. I especially enjoyed his depiction of the little demon (?) babies that Bob has to battle to help a client, truly creepy without being gross. His layouts and story-telling are spot on and I hope to see more of his work in the future.
Giving us a world where psychics are real, or at least supposedly real, is a treat. It reminds me of the coolest parts of the 1990 film Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. No not the pottery wheel scene (get your mind out of the gutter people!) the scenes where Swayze interacts with other spirits, on the subway, walking down the street, this book shares that cool feeling of the hidden world around us. And it seems that just as in Ghost all these spirits wandering around are aware of each other. Now unlike Ghost there are (supposedly) many people who can communicate with them and, unlike the totally freaked out Whoopie Goldberg character, there’s a pretty sound business model built up around this fact.
This is a zero issue, a glimpse of a world that we’ll hopefully see more of. A world with that large a population of ghosts that we’re aware of and are aware of each other should definitely raise a bunch of questions about the afterlife, questions like “where do heaven and hell fit into all this.” And if this society truly recognizes that these things exist and we can communicate how does that affect things like ownership. How would the ownership of goods, copyright, and contracts like marriage and business partnerships change? I don’t know what plans the writers have for this world but I hope they’re sitting somewhere thinking and typing furiously. Bob is a great lead character, embodying much of (Raymond) Chandler’s definition of a hero “He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.” Between the characters and the politics that can be inferred by a world that has a “Psychic Union” we could be well on the way to a series full of some great pulp tales.
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BOB: NON-UNION PSYCHIC #0 get 4.5 out of 5 stars.
BOB: NON-UNION PSYCHIC #0
STORY TITLE: “True Talent”
Published by Warehouse 9 Productions
Created and Written By Lance Lucero
Scripted and Edited By Adam Volle
Cover, Illustrated and Colored By Francisco Resendiz
Lettered By Chill