Review: Brilliant Trash #2

In only the second issue of the new Brilliant Trash (Aftershock Comics), it’s easy to see this comic is a roaring success. The daring Sci-Fi epic delivers with a compelling story with new and interesting characters who are all after one thing; Kennedy Avis. Ms. Avis is a reporter, who, in the first issue was secretly injected with sim-cells by Dr. Zhen. In this new issue, she is suffering the side effects of the injection, things like residual memories from a life she’s never lived. She’s confused, in pain, and apparently highly sought after by competing groups who all want the same thing, the sim-cells she’s been infused with.

If you’re looking for a fun new Sci-Fi, tech driven comic, you’ll love Brilliant Trash. The story, written by Tim Seeley is next level good. The concept does remind me of some classic hacker stories, but the characters are well written and very fresh. I’m quite curious to learn more about this dangerous plugged in world we’ve been exposed to.

In talking about the art, I’ve got to start with the B cover of this issue, created by the series artist Priscilla Petraites. When I looked at it for the first time, it was one of those pieces of art that made me step back and admire its concept and execution. The color work as well as the overall disposition of the piece simply blew me away. This work can be seen throughout the book, with only the residual memories easily distinguished by their flat color scheme. It’s a masterful work of art.

I truly want to focus on what this comic is. Brilliant Trash is a fresh approach to tech driven Sci-Fi at its best. The concept of these sim-cells, which have the ability to turn people into Gods, as long as they’re willing to trade days off their lives for the privilege, challenges the reader to question what they would do if presented with this choice. If given the opportunity, what would you do?

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Priscilla Petraites (CA) Mike Norton

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