Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 – No, not a secret band Review
Created and written by Carly Usdin
Pencils by Nina Vakueva
Inks by Irene Flores
Colors by Rebecca Nalty
Letters by Jim Campbell
Published by Boom! Box
Chris is the newest employee at the coolest record store in town Vinyl Mayhem. As the newbie she feels she still doesn’t really count as a member of the gang. The girls stay in the shop at night prepping for a concert and Chris is sent home. She starts to believe they are in a secret band and is envious for being left out. A scheduled concert falls through one day as their lead singer has gone missing. Irene decides it is time for Chris to find out the secrets of Vinyl Mayhem, and it is definitely not the secret band she was thinking of.
The title gives it away what the secret of Vinyl Mayhem is, a teen girl vigilante fight club. Nothing that I had expected when reaching for this comic. It starts off with a good premise, so let’s see where they take it next. It has a distinct feel of Empire Records to it. And a little wave of High Fidelity by Stephen Frears. But then again this is only the first issue, you only get introduced to the Fight Club on the very last page, so I am sure the comparisons will change in due course!
The art has a Japanese feel to it somehow, it is delicate and very detailed. It really adds a lot to the comic in my opinion. The colors are bright and fresh and really draws you in.
The comic comes with an interview with Carly Usdin (writer) and Nina Vakueva, it is nice to see where their inspiration comes from (indeed partly from Empire Records!). There is also a page with additional character designs. In which you can really see the styles of each of the girls.
I thoroughly enjoyed this first issue and I have a feeling it will not remain cutesy in the next issues, those plucky girls will see to that! I would definitely advice to pick it up and keep an eye out for the next issue!
Not a secret band!
Chris has just started the teen dream job: working at Vinyl Mayhem, the local record store. She’s prepared to deal with anything-misogynistic metalheads, grunge wannabes, even a crush on her wicked cute co-worker, Maggie.But when Rory Gory, the staff’s favorite singer, mysteriously vanishes the night before her band’s show in town, Chris finds out her co-workers are doing more than just sorting vinyl…her local indie record store is also a front for a teen girl vigilante fight club.