In the last issue of Everything #3, Shirley the store manager of Everything, had been conducting some alterations to one of the defective floor products. It was divulged that Marshall Good, who inspects and authorizes all Everything stores will be coming by to visit. Eberhard Friendly, the city manager, had been recovering from a hospital visit as the result of an un-diagnosed illness. The manager and owner of Sounds Good Studio continues his quest to find out what’s wrong with the equipment he has been selling. Ex-Paramedic, Miss Lori Dunbar goes to the doctor and receives a life changing diagnosis. We got a little more insight into the inner workings of Everything, and it was also divulged that the Everything store has prioritized that everyone must be happy.
In the Current issue of Everything #4, The City’s Managers life continues to fall to pieces, and the citizens of Holland start to turn on each other. The owner of Sounds Good Studio continues his quest to find out the connection between a signal and what’s wrong with the equipment he has been selling. We get some more background information on Lori Dunbar, and the only thing that makes her feel better is to follow the signs that apparently only she can see, by the ingesting of things with Psychotropic properties. Shirley the store manager of Everything, continue to discuss the forewarned coming of their master, Marshall Good. The store receives a new applicant.
Final Verdict: The narrative for Everything #1-4, has been an absolute mess. By that I mean, if you are looking for a simple story structure you are not going to find it here. In fact, if it was trying to follow any type of formula here, I would say that we are still in stage one, since we are still trying to get used to the character and the town of Holland. This type of structure won’t be necessarily fun for everyone to read but absolutely perfect for a TV series Ala Twin Peaks.
I still like it though, Christopher Cantwell seems to try draw a clear line in the sand, by drawing a comparison to the employees of the Everything store, who display signs of fascism, military rule, and by featuring bombastic displays of extreme citizenry that are intensely xenophobic and propagandist with a dash of the Stepford Wives, but even more interesting is that even though it’s clear that he satirizes these concepts but he muddies the water humanizing some of the employees by displaying their empathy for the citizen of Holland.
(W) Christopher Cantwell
(A) I.N.J. Culbard
(L) Steve Wands
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics / Berger Books