Ant Colony

(text & illus.). Drawn & Quarterly. Feb. 2014. 112p. ISBN 9781770461376. $21.95. GRAPHIC NOVELS
Toronto-based Eisner Award nominee DeForge (Lose) creates a demented tale of an ant colony and its uncertain end with just a handful of ants playing an active part in the plot. He alternates among the stories of a pair of worker ant lovers, a cowardly ant cop, a sociopathic father, and his prophet son. The ant queen also appears, as do other invertebrates including spiders and bees. A red ant colony and the colony of the main characters virtually annihilate each other leaving the protagonists to attempt, somehow, to begin a colony anew. The artwork is bizarre, bordering on the disturbing at points. Although the ant characters aren't named, Deforge clearly distinguishes each ant visually. The black ants' organs are depicted, while each has a distinctly shaped head and colored face. His spiders look like dogs and a centipede is some sort of stretch SUV. The color scheme is an odd mix of brilliant yellow and pink with duller earth tones and pastels.
VERDICT This may be of interest to alternative comics fans but will leave other readers scratching their heads.
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