Survival of the Fastest-A Kid Daredevil Hits the Sniper-Filled Streets in SURVIVAL FETISH
Creators: Patrick Kindlon and Antonio Fuso
Writer: Patrick Kindlon
Art: Antonio Fuso
Covers: Antonio Fuso, Tyler Boss
The streets of Honolulu aren’t what they used to be. Military and gang members with trigger happy fingers keep good people indoors. To Saheer, dodging bullets and trekking rooftops is an adventure and a career. To the people of Honolulu runners like Saheer are “celebrities”. Everything from medicine to food is passed through their hands. Unfortunately, all it takes is one twisted ankle, one wrong turn, one bullet to create a ripple effect in the community.
No pressure, except there is.
I knew this book would be an interesting one after the name. Survival Fetish. After the first page, I was in. I love reading or watching stories of runners. Comics like Kamikaze and games like Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst have a place in my heart. What I love is the intensity and thrill of near death experiences. Couple that with hostile or apathetic government and you’ve got a formula that works. Survival Fetish brings all of that to the table.
Patrick Kindlon makes sure to keep Saheer and other characters in Survival Fetish from sinking into the norm with their personalities. I sometimes smiled in spite of myself reading these thoughts, fetishes, and conversations. Kindlon and Fuso have created a bleak world in Survival Fetish, but their characters shine through, albeit the pessimism that comes with them.
Open panels and 9-grid pages play a great role is moving the art and story along. Antonio Fuso is great at catching motion. The blocky ink sits well with the thin line weights blocks out and fleshes out the characters and the world around them. Not a lot of attention is given to backgrounds, but there’s plenty going on in the foreground to catch the eye. Black and white was a great choice for this story.
As referenced in the title, Survival Fetish has given us a Daredevil quality due to Fuso’s heavy inks, perspective, and motion. Survival Fetish is an engaging story of high flying, death defying ideals that could get a man killed. Worth it? Absolutely.