| Written By:
|Pencils: Karl Moline
|Inks: Andy Owens
Famous for penning the popular television series Buffy the
Vampire Slayer and Angel, Joss Whedon has made the decision
to try his hand at the world of comics. In the first issue
of Fray, an eight-part mini-series, he introduces Melaka Fray,
the main character, who's been sent on an "errand"
to swipe some expensive jewelry when she runs across competitors
who have apparently been sent for the same item. This is just
the beginning of her bad day. From that point, she's harrassed
by sun-radiated freaks, confronted by her police officer sister,
and witness to a human bonfire.
The world Fray lives in shows large influence from Blade
Runner and the Fifth Element, consisting of an immense city
with a dark underbelly. The skies are filled with as much
traffic as the streets and no one who lives on the streets
has a dime to their name. Most, if not all, characters seem
to have a seedy side to them, leaving you to wonder who can
be trusted. Fray, herself, is more Elektra Assassin, Catwoman
or Callisto than the Buffy rehash that most people might think
she would be. For that alone, I'm pleased.
Artistically, Fray shows bits of influence from Mignola,
Adam Hughes and Kevin Macuire, but maybe with a little less
refinement. Quality-wise, though, it's on-par with anything
that DC and Image may be putting out.
Whedon seems to have made a good effort not to fall into
Buffy-like tendencies with this fine start. Joss forgoes the
excessive internal monologe found in most comics (X-Men, etc..)
and lets the story tell it's own pace, handing out bits of
past and history as it moves along. You won't be too bogged
down with the character's past history to enjoy what's going
on in the present (of future as it may be). Fray shows real
promise and if Joss manages to sell the whole series well,
Dark Horse should be able to talk him into some more issues.