Tic Tic Tic Tic Tic
This is what we hear when we dive into the adventure of a fugitive assassin trying to escape a dystopian city where she is trapped. The name of our story is RunLoveKill by Jon Tsuei. Our protagonist Rain Oshiro is barricaded in the city of Prygat which is under the control of The Origami. The Origami is a defense ministry enforcing governmental control of the city to protect it from neighboring states. A wall has been built as a blockade to any outside regimes attempting to enter, however The Origami controls everything within the city and its limits including its defenses and the flow of information. Rain has made the decision that she must exit the city because she no longer wishes to be a subordinate to The Origami order.
Immediately in the story when Rain’s dialogue begins, we get a sense of what kind of person she is. Rain puts the needs of others before her own and she respectfully refers to her elders by their surnames as a formality, even when asked not to. However, this intriguing dichotomy of being a person that evokes a kind and gentle demureness, is quite the contrary to her lifestyle as an assassin for hire. Rain feels a bit conflicted about her line of work, but feels like this life chose her. She has her sights set on a future where she can leave all of this behind her.
What we have come to understand as Rain jumps through hoops to get a transport –which is her ticket out of the city– is that she has a past that may prohibit her from leaving Prygat. Her past also piques the interest of a few that want to hunt her down, turning this enigmatic series of events from being the hunter to the hunted.
The artwork is pretty fantastic. As a matter of fact, various panels looked like shots of celluloid. The images of military soldiers in the background appearing sharper in image than that of the solider in the foreground was quite reminiscent of the camera rack focus technique you see in various films and daytime dramas. The first pages of the story contains an action sequence with no dialogue, just cuts to panels of a woman playing a cello illuminated by a morose blue light who we can only assume is Rain in a previous time.
The plot twist was unexpected and the story is enough to keep you intrigued for future issues to come. The comic also features PoC characters both Black and Asian which is yet another refreshing opportunity to see a story through the lens of a new kind of character, one who is indeed a woman of color. RunLoveKill may be worth your time if you’re interested in a story with mystery, action, and inner-conflict. Jon Tsuei’s storytelling is clear and concise, but doesn’t reveal too much too soon and its pacing is enough to keep you interested. The art by Eric Canete is awesome with various hues, that at times reflects the ambiance of each scene.
RunLoveKill will be released on April 15 2015 by Image Comics