Thanks to John Gebbia for the review copy!
DOSE! is an interesting take on the superhero genre. Set in a future where it seems like the fantastic is ordinary, the story follows an unfortunately named former superhero named Screw Worm (I’m hoping we get a backstory on his name in future issues). For the most part, he sits in his dingy apartment with a robot assistant and watches hologram programming that serves as an introduction to the world of DOSE. And what a world it is – DOSE! is a gritty look at a world where Kaiju, superheroes, cybernetic implants, and drug use are commonplace.
DOSE! nails the newscaster voice that overlays the quick montage of images, each a sharp commentary on the superhero genre. There’s a lot of text, but it is well written and often subtly hilarious. When Screw Worm decides to leave his apartment, the universe has been established and the plot begins. For the most part, the first issue seemed content to use the futuristic superhero world to provide a new look at superheroes. For a world so chocked full of superhero stuff that it seems commonplace, there is a surprising dearth of superhero action (I think that’s the point). By the end of the issue, the story amps up and displays real potential moving forward.
The art style is also striking. The decision to go with a black and white color scheme at first seemed at odds with a futuristic superhero story. However, the choice ends up fitting the gritty tone of the book perfectly. The lack of color allows the pictures to show an incredible amount of detail, from the junk in Screw Worm’s room to the crammed streetscape filled with advertising. The crowd scenes take the time to make each person distinct, which to me is a sign of excellence.
DOSE! isn’t terribly violent, but it does have curse words, drug use, and some adult themes so I recommend some parental discretion. DOSE! is an original look at the superhero genre that is work a look.
DOSE! #1 is now available free digitally on dosecomic.com, or can be ordered as a print copy from their site.
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