Comic Review: Motor Crush Vol. 2 (Image)

It’s another Motor Crush trade from Image. This one is Volume 2 and collects issues 6-11 of the Motor Crush comic title. Writers Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and artists Cameron […]

It’s another Motor Crush trade from Image. This one is Volume 2 and collects issues 6-11 of the Motor Crush comic title.

Writers Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and artists Cameron Stewart(?) and Babs Tarr team up for the further adventures of Domino Swift, the lead character in this series with influences from Akira and Speed Racer.

The central concept of Motor Crush is that there is a synthetic substance, called Crush, which acts like an amphetamine. Domino uses it in an inhaler to ward off her breathing issues. Then, it becomes a motor additive that gives short-lived superpower to mechanical motors. But its use is controversial, and various factions are fighting over the control of Crush. It can be misused.

I’m a new reader to Motor Crush, so this volume was a confusing read for awhile. There is no synopsis. It begins ‘back when’, with Domino as a little girl. Flashback? Or not?

Then it switches gears suddenly, and lurched us ahead into her adulthood. Her childhood friends have not heard from her, and lots of things have happened since her idyllic youth. In the centre of it all, there is a ton of drama. Personal relationships went sour with her same gender ex-lover but some embers remain; there is torment from a former friend. A dad who has gone rogue. Bad guys and bad girls, out to doublecross anyone who changes lanes without signalling! More drama! A race to the finish!

It’s all fun and super involving, oh my gosh, when you finally grab a clue as to what’s going on. But let me tell you; it takes a bit of patience to get the full picture.

It’s well drawn, exuberant and over the top. And that’s the fun of it all! Jump on, hit the gas, and get Motor Crushed!

Image Comics, Motor Crush TP Vol #2, $16.99 for 164 pages of content, Teen +

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