- Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:54 pm
The VFM and Dread Ilk can be explained as 2 hours into the future, beings created by a combination of H. sequens mutation and genetic engineering by a figure in the shadows, whispered about as the Supreme Dark Lord. The figures added in Issue #6 add the fantastical element which is not entirely beyond the realm of possible - see super strength and flight. There could be more centers or operational bases or outposts, beyond Europe. For someone not familiar with VP or Sad/Rabid Puppies, they add a very cool and off-the wall set of characters. Those of us familiar with the SDL, OTOH, almost laughed ourselves out of the chair reading the last ten pages. When I re-read without hyperventilating, I realized that there was a panel with a Ridgeback in it. The inside jokes are much appreciated, since the entire concept of SDL, VFM, and Ilk/Dread Ilk was an FU-type response to those without a sense of humor.
The flight out of France uses several traditional spy or film noir tropes: new IDs or tickets, (where's the letters of transit?) , secret escape through tunnels or catacombs, and decoys or spy traps. It reads like several old movies, but with grenade-using VFM. The artwork and choice of panel layouts matured fast, and cuts to key scenes and emotions. The writing carried more impact and humor, and with artwork pushing this way over the top.