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Comic Review: FTN reviews Dia #1

October 14th, 2015 by Dave Bowling Comments

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Story & Characters: Marie Duguid
Writers:
 Ben Trotter & Bee Parkinson
Pencils: Marie Duguid
Inks: Alex Griffiths
Publisher: Devolution Comics, Aberdeen

Triskelle is not happy. And that’s an understatement.

Her boyfriend is a no-good cheating scumbag, sleeping his way to the top of the corporate ladder. If this wasn’t bad enough, all her friends can suggest to do is get drunk, burn his stuff or give him a second chance. So when he frames her for corporate espionage because she has the temerity to dump him, Trisk chooses option four: begin wreaking some revenge that would make Uma Thurman proud.

And that, in a nutshell, is the story so far in Dia. No messing around, just a good solid knee to the nuts. Devolution have managed to produce something special here, as in only 22 pages there is sufficient story to keep you engaged and eventually desperate for more. Marie Duguid’s artwork and Alex Griffiths’s vivid colours combine to portray an epically furious tale of a woman so scorned she’s ready to watch the world burn. It’s almost as if Trotter & Parkinson’s script is secondary, although of course it isn’t. Dialogue is sharp and while some characters do seem a bit one-dimensional this is only issue 1. Plenty of time to flesh them out.

Let’s be honest here: I read a lot of indie comics. And this is easily one of the best I’ve read in months.

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5/5 Nerds

Available via Devolution Comics

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...

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