Screaming into the void (SFSX #7 Comic Review)

Written & Created by Tina Horn

Drawn and Colored by Jen Hickman

Cover Art by Tula Lotay

Lettered by Steve Wands

Edited & Designed by Laurenn McCubbin

“Take this chaotic mess and make something beautiful out of it!”

In This Issue: Backed into a corner, the crew from The Dirty Mind is staring failure straight in the eyes until Sylvia takes matters into her own hands—if she can’t get through to Jones, she can make sure that Jones doesn’t manage to hurt anyone else.

Radio traffic on the knocked-out security guards’ walkie-talkies alert the group to their last chance to escape using Nick’s plan of smuggling themselves out in the bins of so-called contraband. They do, and hijack the van in which their bins have been loaded, heading for Nick’s car which is parked a decent distance away. As they drive, the rally at City Hall is hitting its zenith with speeches from Judy Boreman and Inspector Mitchel Wilder (the man Avory shanked in the eyeball with a stiletto in issue #1), and the team argue about what to do, how to regroup. They have some incriminating footage of the “therapeutic techniques” being used on the thirteenth floor of the Pleasure Center, but Avory is too tired and heart-weary to do anything with it until a pep talk from Casey and a well-placed slap from Sylvia bring her to her senses.

The Dirty Mind crew set up a makeshift broadcasting studio in the back of the van, hack the governmental frequency broadcasting the rally, and compromise their position, exposing themselves to capture, to send out a memo of their own.

Unfortunately, it falls on deaf ears.

My Two Cents: SFSX #7 ends on an exceptionally bittersweet note. There’s a great deal of emotion throughout the issue which is beautifully rendered throughout by Jen Hickman. This issue is as story-heavy as issue #6 was action-packed, and through that means heavier dialogue and exposition, it is still a captivating read with an ending that doubles as a perfect segue into the next arc. The crew from The Dirty Mind get out of one jam, but one of them falls immediately into another, and since The Dirty Mind is family, you know that it will only be so long until they take another poke at the establishment to try to regain what they’ve lost.

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Elizabeth Fazzio
South Bay native turned East Bay resident. Holder of two less-than-useful arts degrees. Human Resources professional by day, creative recluse the rest of the time. Favorite words: Weasel, toast. Mental health advocate--https://makeitok.org
Elizabeth Fazzio
Summary
SFSX has already been given the go-ahead for another arc, which means that readers can expect further adventures in Tina Horn's alternate universe, and further exploration of important and timely themes riddled with occasionally uncomfortable truths. This is an excellent read for anyone who has ever had sex—and let's face it, that's a whole awful lot of us. How would we react if our most intimate activities were censored? Scrutinized? Criminalized? Speaking for myself, I don't discuss my bedroom activities with, well, much of anyone besides the other participant, and the thought of having to turn in homework after every orgasm would be enough to put me off sex for the rest of my life, thank you very much. We can only hope that bureaucracy never penetrates (pun very much intended) any further than it already has into the sexual proclivities of the general public, but SFSX gives us an insightful and thought-provoking look at what might happen if it did, and it ain't pretty, folks. Until the next arc shows up on comic shop shelves, however, be safe, seek consent, have fun, and don't forget to hydrate!
Good
  • Extras within the book
  • Layered storytelling
Bad
  • Story is a bit predictable
8.3
Great
Art - 9
Writing - 9
Story - 8
Predictability - 7
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South Bay native turned East Bay resident. Holder of two less-than-useful arts degrees. Human Resources professional by day, creative recluse the rest of the time. Favorite words: Weasel, toast. Mental health advocate--https://makeitok.org

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