In Ukrainian-American novelist Yuriy Tarnawsky’s new trilogy The Placebo Effect (JEF Books), the themes of alienation, abandonment, and fear of death, developed in Like Blood in Water and elaborated in The Future of Giraffes, respectively the first and second book of The Placebo Effect Trilogy, …
by Michel Fiffe
32p, full color, 8.5"x11"
Fiffe's Zegas tracks a mental apocalypse as it eclipses everyday indignities. The brushy sketch poetics and sci fi twistiness remind me a bit of Bernie McGovern's Army of Lovers series, punctuated with gem-toned bursts of color. The Zegas storyline is the meat of the issue but there's space for some solid shorter work too- a clownier story of drug hijinx and some landlord mayhem.