By Hayden Mears
Fox and Hare #1
Author: John Tsuei
Artist: Stacey Lee
Colorist: Raul Angulo
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cowl Artist: Stacey Lee
Writer: Vault Comics
The hotly anticipated Fox and Hare #1 was pushed again almost seven months in order that its inventive group might rework the story. The issue, in response to sequence scribe Jon Tsuei, was that there wasn’t sufficient “punk” in his cyberpunk comedian. The style has lengthy been related to the fetishization and erasure of Asian tradition and Tsuei needed his story to fight these dangerous traits. Now, with its first subject lastly on cabinets, it appears Tsuei, artist Stacey Lee, and the oldsters at Vault Comics have unleashed the product they meant: a breathless, evocative, and “punky” cyberpunk thriller that additional cements Tsuei and Lee as two of the most effective creators within the enterprise.
The plot, on its barest bones, follows mercenaries Fox and Hare as they try to avoid wasting a savvy coder from the wrath of Synastry Designs. The mega company will cease at nothing to silence the coder—and get better what she stole—earlier than she will be able to compromise their plans.
Fox and Hare #1 is an brisk cyberpunk journey replete with every thing we’ve come to like in regards to the Vault library. It’s an offbeat story with boundary-pushing characters and recent angles on drained concepts, a bit of sci-fi that solely feels acquainted as a result of it makes use of genre-specific conceits as jumping-off factors. However from there, something goes.
Tsuei and Lee carry this slick world into sharp focus by means of the struggles of its central gamers: black market coder Aurora Yi and the mercenary pair generally known as Fox and Hare. Lee and colorist Raul Angulo‘s artwork cleanly and clearly establishes Mazu Bay as a definite but acquainted place. We’ve seen wet port cities earlier than. We’ve seen neon-tinted, pink mild district-looking neighborhoods. The setting resembles locations we’ve all been earlier than, whether or not it was by means of a transportive story or bodily being there.
What we haven’t seen, although, is how these new characters work together with what we already know. That’s a part of why you gained’t discover many establishing pictures or detailed backgrounds in Lee’s work right here. She is aware of we have now a way of the place and is extra thinking about promoting us on these folks and their issues. Furthering that time: her panel construction deftly communicates the script’s centered motion and frenetic power, additional streamlining Tsuei’s busy story. Lee’s artwork shines when it showcases a personality’s involvement within the motion reasonably than the motion itself.
Fox and Hare #1 is a briskly paced and vividly realized cyberpunk motion thriller tasked with bringing new life and new taste to a style in determined want of each. All the things feels tight, seamless, and intentional; the delay clearly did wonders for the story.
Revealed by Vault Comics, Fox and Hare #1 is stocked in shops and digitally now.