Random Encounter #1

A comic review article by: Jason Sacks
This is an odd comic. It starts out feeling like an updating of Clerks, as Mona stops by to visit her friends who "work" at the Kwik Mart. I put "work" within quotation marks because there don't seem to be any customers at the store. Instead, her friends seem to spend all their time watching TV and playing video games. The power suddenly blacks out, and then a loud sound is
heard on the roof, so the trio grab a Star Wars lightsaber that they keep under the counter and wander up to the roof. Up there they find a woman who seems to be dead - or is she?

Random Encounter succeeds at what is probably its main purpose, to tell a fun and interesting story that raises many questions that will be answered in future issues. Nicc Balce definitely kept me on my toes, and I never really knew what to expect from page to page. He also does a nice job with wordless sequences, where he lets his characters' reactions tell the story. I'm sure there's even an audience who would love the asides that reference moves from video games, and that touch also fits the storyline.

But the comic never quite connected with me. It sounds silly to say, but I never could completely overcome the feeling of unreality around this comic. It never felt as if things seemed real, from the convenience store that nobody shops at, to the weird monsters at the end of the story. That feeling kept me from really enjoying Random Encounter. Your mileage, of course, may vary.

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