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.