Written and Illustrated by: Jon Clark
Lettered by: April Brown
Hello again. Today we are going to talk about THIN. Most of America wants to be thin. This tale is no different. An average woman in an average town with an average life. Average, except for her weight. And I suppose that is where we should begin…
Meet Doris Greene. A normal woman, presumably in her forties, married and overweight. She eats a lot. We see this woman destroy an entire bucket of fried chicken while driving herself home…from somewhere. And the poor woman hides how much she eats from her husband, who she catches cheating on her with the skinny accountant they have. (Although she doesn’t SEE them cheating, she walks into her house and HEARS them. And while this little accountant is letting Doris’ husband “take a trip around the world” on his garage work bench, she’s left her infant child sitting outside the door in their car seat. Banner Mom. Someone should give her an award for Mother of the Year.)
And this time, like every other time she feels hurt or sad or happy or anything, she runs out of the house and goes to get more food. It’s obviously humiliating for her. Even the cashiers at the market make fun of her. Feeling completely worthless and ashamed, she sits in the parking lot of the market and gorge herself in whatever junk food she’s purchased.
And then she sees someone she knows. A gal named Lacy. And apparently, she used to be heavy too. Used to be. Lacy is now thin, wearing miniskirts and high heels and living her life with pride. Doris can’t believe it. To lose THAT much weight just seems impossible. Doris asks her how she did it, she begs to know the secret. Lacy hesitates at first but, then gives Doris the address to a doctor, THE doctor.
Doris goes back home and has dinner with her husband. She tells him she has a new plan for losing weight although, he just rolls his eyes and declines to be supportive, saying he’s heard it all before.
The next day, she heads over to the doctor. She arrives at a house, a disheveled, broken looking house, with dogs barking from around the house. (A house!!! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! First red flag. Not a doctor’s office, not even a commercial building, I’m gone.) She knocks on the door and a creepy looking little man with wrinkles, a mustache and glasses, answers the door. (Second red flag.) He asks her if she’s there to buy a dog, he’s a breeder. (Okay, a dog breeder? This is supposed to be a doctor. That would be my third red flag.)
Yet, Doris maintains she got his name from Lacy and she’s there to lose weight and get her husband to love her again. The man tries to send her away but, she refuses and he eventually gives in and lets her enter his home.
He tells her to go downstairs. (Red flag number four). He asks her if she wants any information about the procedure or risks and she tells him no. (Seriously? You want to know nothing? Okay.) Then he has her sign a contract/release form that also has the price (which we don’t find out) at the bottom and hands her a hospital gown and tells her to change while he preps everything.
He straps her to an operating table, gives her something to knock her out and she starts to drift off, counting backwards from ten.
She gets to eight and we see her sleeping. Then, CRASH!!! She hears a loud sound and hears the doctor, “Oh! My heart!” as he collapses to the floor.
She can see the right side of his back. She asks him to respond to her because she’s uncomfortable and still strapped down to the table.
She hears a slurping noise and assumes it’s the doctor responding. But it isn’t.
We see this nasty, worm-like creature start slithering up the sheets of the hospital bed near her legs. It’s reminiscent of the creatures from Tremors, only much smaller. It’s got razor sharp teeth and blood all over it’s head.
We see an open incision on the side of her stomach. There’s a machine with a long plastic pipe leading towards the incision. And we see the worms, one on her and more in the canister of the machine.
And she can’t move.
So far, this is going well. I am curious to see if she gets loose and how. The story seems to move fairly quickly, not wasting a lot of time with needless minor details. I might have liked a little more information as to what was to happen to Doris during the procedure but, I guess that adds to the mystery of it all. The artwork is more of a sketch style. There is color but once again, to magnify the bold, bright red of the blood, everything seems to be more muted. It does help that we know she is unhappy and living a sad existence, which the colors contribute to. But we also get an understanding of the haphazard way she feels and thinks because of the rough sketch type artwork. Still, I prefer more defined art. But, it’s still starting out very well. We’ll see what happens with #2.
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