As I’ve reviewed before, I was a big fan(boy) of Something Animal by Sam Rhodes, Bryant Dillon, and Robert Burrows, published by Fanboy Comics. The book had a way with metaphor that made me feel happy about horror in a way that few comic books do these days. And so it was with eager anticipation and bated paranoia that I read Identity Thief by Bryant Dillon and Meaghan O’Keefe from Fanboy Comics – I was stupidly worried that it might not live up to the appreciation that I had for its big brother, Something Animal. Well – I was just being stupid.
Identity Thief has some of the same allegorical qualities that made Something Animal so very good. There is a solid story about a couple moving into their first home together while all along, the impending tragic degradation of their happiness is as palpable as the double meanings that act as the skeleton of this book. It is a simple but elegant and well-crafted story that is embellished by wonderful and dark art.
O’Keefe’s abstract, solid, and ghoulish art really finalizes the mood of Dillon’s writing. She uses black, white and grey to build a world that is at first open and inviting but eventually becomes claustrophobic and oh so creepy. There are moments of Identity Thief that are both sexy and frightening. Although O’Keefe’s style might seem harsh and difficult to stomach, it is completely relevant for the story and refreshing to a medium that often has inappropriately cartoony or unnecessarily defined lines when the story does not call for it. O’Keefe’s art backing Dillon’s writing makes for a very well paced and wonderfully dire tragedy.