For those of us who missed them, Fracture issues 1, 2 and 3 are being collected in trade. Originally released in July, August and September of 2011 fracture tells the story of Jeff, a seemingly innocuous guy who’s life is pretty lame until one day it gets decidedly unlame and very very complicated…
From the Action Labs site:
“It’s a story of Good vs. Evil, wrapped within one person’s soul.
Taking place in the city of Lower Triton, the city’s greatest hero, Virtue, its nastiest villain, Malice, and a run-of-the-mill guy named Jeff have something extremely important in common. They’re all the same guy — and none of them knows it…until now!
It’s only when Jeff stumbles upon Malice’s diabolical plan to murder Virtue, he has to step in way over his head, to try to save himself — all three of himself — from himself!
Collecting the first volume of the Fracture series, writer Shawn Gabborin and artists Chad Cicconi & Dave Dwonch take you into ones meta-human journey of imagining yourself as someone completely different, only to find out that it’s real and on multiple levels of insanity, comedy and abject chaos.
Featured as a “Staff Pick” in January’s Diamond Previews, Fracture puts a much needed spin on the superhero comic. It’s currently available for pre-order with an order code of JAN120783 with a low suggested retail price of $9.99.
Fracture. One man. Three Identities. Endless destinies.”
I hadn’t heard of this book when it first hit the shelves and I didn’t have any experience with writer Shawn Gabborin or artists Chad Cicconi & Dave Dwonch so this was a completely unknown quantity for me. Very refreshing for someone who reads comics mostly from the big 2 and a few smaller publishers.
Shawn Gabborin has said he’s mostly a horror writer and while this book isn’t horror per say it definitely has that unsettling quality shared by the best twilight zone episodes. From the first couple of pages when Jeff first realizes he’s having blackouts we’re just as confused and unsettled as he is, are these dreams? Hallucinations? We quickly find out that’s not the case. Instead of dragging out the is this really happening aspect of the story Shawn launches us right into the reality of Jeff’s situation. If he closes his eyes who will he be? And can he handle the things those personalities do? As comic book fans I think we’ve all wondered what it would be like to wake up one day as a super hero but how do you handle it? How do you fly? How much strength is required to shake a hand without breaking it? What about waking up as super villain? Would you want to blow people up and steal stuff? Will the world stop and let you explain?
As I said before Chad Cicconi was an artist I hadn’t seen before, a penciler, inker, and occasional colorist and letter for various independent comic companies such as Orang Utan Comics and AAM Markosia and now Action Lab Entertainment as well. His characters are strong and easy to recognize. Dave Dwonch a writer, penciler, colorist, letterer and the Art Director for Action Lab handles the coloring and lettering on fracture, his bright contrasty colors really draw the eye to the details of the panel. This was a really fun, interesting three issue series and the best part? I hear volume two is in the works.
You’ve put up with my aimless chatter for this long click the link below to shoot over to Action Labs site where they have a few pages posted from issue one.
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