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I.D. back

Emma Rios


Page 45 Review by Jonathan

"The streets should be burning these days."
"Sigh. I'm afraid I'm not in the mood for talking politics today. It's been a pleasure..."
"You too?"
"Yup, it's a bit late. The meeting was rather intense... and we all have a tough decision to make."
"But... No! No please, don't... don't g..."

My very brief review, well précis really, of the first instalment of I.D. when it appeared in ISLAND #1 described it as a sci-fi ménage à trois bodyswapping yarn set against the backdrop of an unstable society beset by anarchistic riots and domestic terror outrages. Yes, three very different individuals are all so uncomfortable with their own bodies that they've decided to take the radical step of having their brains transplanted into a donor's body.

As our three protagonists weigh up the pros and cons of the physical and mental merry-go-round they are about to embark on with this understandably controversial experimental procedure, they've decided to meet their new bodies in the flesh and get to know each other better, to discuss their very distinct reasons for wanting the ultimate of fresh starts.

It'll not surprise anyone to learn this existential escapology doesn't quite go to plan, as anyone who read the concluding second part, which appeared in ISLAND #2, will already know.

Illustrated in a rather unusual palette of red and white, described much more poetically by Stephen as "silky salmon", the unique feathery penmanship will be immediately familiar to anyone who has seen any of Emma's previous work such as PRETTY DEADLY, but let me tell you, she's an incredible writer too.

Delighted to see she's included the essay by neurologist Miguel Alberte Woodward which accompanied this work in ISLAND discussing the scientific aspects of her strip and also the current feasibilities of actually performing a brain transplant. I suppose it is probably only a matter of time before this type of procedure is science fact rather than science fiction. With 350 million a week extra being pumped into the NHS post-Brexit I'd imagine we'll see the first procedure by Christmas... Oh wait, they did say they weren't in the mood for talking politics today didn't they!