Bookshots: "120 Doses" by Neil Krolicki

Bookshots: "120 Doses" by Neil Krolicki

Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review


Title:

120 Doses

Who Wrote It?:

The story is one that draws you right in, the violence evident from the first pages. The colors and graphics, the nightclubs and skylines, the women—they draw your eye from one panel to the next.

Burnt Tongues contributor, Neil Krolicki (with art by Jason McQuitty and John Rauch).

Plot in a Box:

Part crime thriller, part medical horror, we follow struggling writer Owen Jelinsky into Port Drogo, who’s most lucrative local trade is erasing the identities of ruthless criminals through radical reconstructive surgeries.

Invent a New Title For This Book:

Port Drogo or Reanimated.

Read This If You Liked:

100 Bullets, Heavy Liquid, Aeon Flux and/or Sin City.

Meet the Book’s Lead(s):

Owen Jelinsky is the down on his luck author, trying to make a comeback. Gristle is a broken man so buried in deception he hardly knows what’s up and what’s down.

Said Lead(s) Would Be Portrayed In a Movie By:

Keanu Reeves as Owen Jelinsky and Al Pacino as Gristle.

Setting: Would You Want to Live There?

No way. This Blade Runner meets Mad Max setting is one where your debauchery leads to certain death—one drink laced, one girl on the take, and you’re waking up in an alley dead.

What was your favorite sentence?

Snappy dresser next to me with a face that looks like it caught on fire and was then put out with a bike chain, I’m supposed to call him 'Gristle.'

The Verdict:

I get comics in the mail all the time from DC, Vertigo, Marvel, Dark Horse, you name it, and this debut comic from Neil Krolicki and his partners is as slick and well done as any of them. For an independent project like this, it really holds up well. Not only is the writing superb, but the art, the graphics—wow. There are some amazing indie comics out there, and 120 Doses fits in with the best of them.

The story is one that draws you right in, the violence evident from the first pages. The colors and graphics, the nightclubs and skylines, the women—they draw your eye from one panel to the next. The writing gives you the motivation, the conflict, and the story, while the art fills in all of the emotion, drama and urgency that’s needed to keep your attention.

My first thought when reading this was that it reminded me a lot of 100 Bullets, and I think that’s a fair comparison on some levels. While not as episodic, 120 Doses has some of that crime/noir vibe—a bit of that Sin City darkness. But it also gets kind of weird, which is what reminded me of Heavy Liquid, and even a touch of Aeon Flux.

If you’re looking for a new indie comic to get behind, this could be your lucky day. Get in on the ground floor and support one of your own, because I think this comic has legs.

Visit Comixology to pick up your copy today. Heck, for .99 cents, grab a dozen, and pass them out to your friends.

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Richard Thomas

Review by Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the author of three books—Transubstantiate, Herniated Roots and Staring Into the Abyss. His over 75 publications include Shivers VI (Cemetery Dance) with Stephen King and Peter Straub, PANK, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Arcadia, and Pear Noir. He is also the editor of two anthologies, both out in 2014: The Lineup (Black Lawrence Press) and Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) with Chuck Palahniuk. In his spare time he writes for The Nervous Breakdown, LitReactor, and is Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press. For more information visit www.whatdoesnotkillme.com or contact Paula Munier at Talcott Notch.

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