The great thing about art is its ability to blend fiction with the real life. We can tell stories that never happened, but still ring with a sense of truth. Our favorite and heroes are more than just costumed fighters. They represent the good and evil of the world, and the duality of humanity.
Many times, this truthful fiction is more informative than real life. Authors and artists can set up specific situations to shine a light on certain topics. These are the most apparent in stories that act as allegories or fables. However, these informative works of art can be found in every medium.
What is it about?
Murder is written by Matthew and Brittany Loisel. The art is by Emiliano Correa and lettering is by Micah Myers. There is currently one issue which premiered in October of 2018. Murder is a paranormal drama focused around the discussion of animal agriculture.
Animals are being psychically linked together, especially those in factory-farming situations. A worker at one of these factories can sense what the animals are thinking. This leads them on a path to becoming a vigilante bent on justice for animals. Murder shows us a glimpse of the future,but pulls back to give us the full journey.
There is something unsettling about Murder. Reading the emotions of the animals intensifies the cruelty found in their lives. The characters are mysterious and it is hard to pin down everyone’s intentions. The pieces of the base plot have not fully fit together.
An Awesome First Issue
These are also the reasons why Murder #1 is such a great first issue. It starts with a bang to pique our interests, then begins to fill in the background information. The sense of mystery is high which keeps the readers wanting more.
This is a very hard line to walk. If the story is too clear then it is easy to walk away from the book. If the story is too mysterious,readers may be put off by feelings of confusion. Murder finds a good balance of up front storytelling without spoiling all the intrigue.
I love the subtle hip hop/music references in Murder. The first page contains an awesome drawing of a mouse listening to War on cassette.The Walkman has a sticker on it that says, “Trap Music, Not Mice”. Some of the dialogue in the story also seems to be references to hip hop lyrics. However, I have been known to read into things too much.
The artists working on Murder are extremely talented. This issue offers some of my favorite lettering of recent history. Those who know me know that I love when creators tweak and play around with the text and bubbles.Murder does not disappoint in this regard.
Go Check It out!
The last few pages of the issue are my favorite. We get to see a dog and cat discussing their plans for humanity while playing cheese. Murder is a story about how humans treat animals. It was great juxtaposition to end the issue on animals discussing humans.
I hope Murder issue two is just around the corner! Though animal agriculture and factory farming are not my most passionate sociopolitical issues, I loved this story. I want to see how the main character develops into “The Butcher’s Butcher”. The concept for Murder is awesome. I can’t wait to see what comes next!
Where to Find ‘Murder’
Be sure to check out my interview with Matthew Loisel!