Road Kill Du Jour
Kevin Laporte (writer)
Shawn Harbin (Artist)
Laura Guzzo (Colorist)
Inverse Press (Publisher)
Kevin Laporte manages to pull it off again!!! He masterfully takes the weird and bizarre and makes it palatable so that us layman can both understand and experience a unique story. Du Jour is a story of curses, consequences, and bad choices, and how these choices are embodied within the lives of the characters in the story. Du Jour (The main Character) has just recently lost his entire family to the curse of an unspeakable evil…. Now he is cursed to roam the roadways forever as an immortal, (immortality hmmm- sexy at first thought right…?) An envious gift, however, with one caveat… he can only survive and remain so as long as he feast on the putrid and decaying carcass of road kill (in case you neo-layman are confused, road kill is an animal Killed on the road preferably by a automotive vehicle of some sort). Being forever doomed to this existence would be a nightmare for most of us, but Du Jour is not most of us, he now is driven by more primal stuff…
Du Jour lives this “life” in the most lucid of fashions (just think Johny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas type of Lucid), the pages take you into this world, and after reading them his world begins to unwillingly seep into ours. You begin to see the pages as it is drawn, more importantly as Du Jour sees his current existence. The pages at first may seem confusing, but that is until you begin to understand that it represents the mental state Du Jour happens to be in. Laura Guzzo’s colors the pages in vividly blunt and psyche altering tones, I am sure the mental state of Du Jour would not have been represented correctly if not for the mental assault her coloring evokes. The Character designs are intricate and memorable, thumbs up to Shawn Harbin on his wicked pencil skills.
One of the finer points of this entire production; is that it managed to grip my attention by explaining the premise of the story really early on; without it feeling forced. Now, the portion of the story that appeals and interest me is what occurs when Du Jour eats his Road Kill feast, another important question, what did he managed to do to piss this evil off so royally that would warrant the slaughtering of his entire family and dooming him to a life of eating the dead?
This is another GREAT read by Kevin LaPorte and his Crew. Pick up this book and let us Know what you think! Were we right? Do Motorcycles, Mayhem, magic, vengeance, and road kill make for a Good Story??? Chime in!:-)