Mek #1

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Jan 2003 | Homage Comics

By: Warren Ellis | Steve Rolston | Al Gordon
Colour Artist: David Baron
Letters: Jenna Garcia

Mek. It’s not just elective cosmetic surgery, but a cultural movement. Glowing neon hair, replaced eyes, limbs, and anything else the user the wants is available, but there’s also bad stuff from other countries, military stuff that has become a lucrative trade over the last few years. Sarissa Leon is a lobbyist working to make it easier to get enhancements without having to turn to bad sources. A friend of her has ended up dead, and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it.

This book has a very cool setting. I love the whole modification culture and seeing all the people’s enhancements. Girls with glowing neon hair, people with animal themed mods like fins on their back, claws, and wings. It’s very cool and if such technology was prolific and readily available to the public, I could see this happening. I really want to see more of the culture and different modifications and hope the next issue obliges.

The story is decent, so far. It’s got the good writing I expect from anything with Ellis’ name attached. It’s a good set-up and grabbed my interest like any first issue or preview should. I’m curious to learn whether or not this RJ chap was into bad things or just ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m sure I’ll find out and I’m really looking forward to the rest.

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