Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Marley Zarcone
Colours by Ryab Hill
Letters by Jared K Fletcher.
Published by Vertigo Comics
Release Date: 01/28/2015
Effigy – noun (plural effigies)
1. a sculpture or model of a person
1.1 A roughly made model of a person that is made in order to be damaged or destroyed as a protest.
The roughly made model of a person is Chondra Jackson. 9 Years ago she was a child actress, Played ‘Bebe Soma’ in an episodic TV series. She was built by the Television Corporation to a status where she felt she could denigrate her home town of ‘Effigy Mound’.
After 7 years on the show, TV executives could not see past her Kids TV character for further opportunities. The industry spat her out. It could be argued that the damage was done then, or even that it was Chondra’s own engineering of a sex scandal that forced her personal destruction. Either way, she was forced back to the home town she trash talked. Chondra, once Star Cop, is now home town cop, or she’s in the Academy at least. Classes and parking tickets were the majority of her beat. That is until a body is discovered. A body that is inextricably linked with her old TV Series.
Tim Seeley’s words bring to life both the characters of the old TV series. (Just the names Alphabetamax and Jeremiah Puddingface the third will bring a smile to your face), to the ‘real life’ supporting cast such as Chondra’s mother, who carries a intriguingly flawed perception of reality.
My first impressions of Marley Zarcone’s art reminded me of aspects of Kalman Andrasofsky’s work but then further into book my impression was that Charlie Adlard could be a comparable artist. Either way, Zarcone is perfectly capable to portray diverse themes throughout 20 odd pages of story, be it Sci Fi setting, Sex scenes or police procedural.
There is no way you could describe the comic book ‘Effigy’ of being roughly made. You certainly won’t want to burn it either. It one of those books you’ll probably want to digest a few more times before the next issue hits too, just to soak in the atmosphere.