Given to mood swings of elation and depression, young Dylan Wilson displays no ambition to establish a foot-hold in society despite his mother's encouragement. But Margaret has seen the difference in her son since the arrival of third year cultural studies student Hannah. Unfortunately, this beautiful lodger is not interested, and Dylan's obsession with his recently discovered copy of Seventh World War Comics deepens...
The giant globe has been blown off the Earth Corporation's headquarters; the Eight Guardians of Life and Civilisation need to choose a new band of Cosmic Crusaders to fight in the eternal war between good and evil; an Angel is sent to earth to call the new team. There comes a sharp knock on Dylan Wilson's front door...
But why bother to do anything? The working classes are being mentally prepared to accept a war that has been made up by a Prime Minister full of zap words and a catchy turn of phrase. Surely this was how Capitalism worked: packaging things to make you want to buy them. Isn't the world in a terrible enough state?
Meanwhile, the 'Crusaders' require a name change to avert offence, and Satan's agent on Earth Michaeal Spearate continues to go about his business...
Mike Weller occupies the space between the "known" world and the "other" world. Little doubt of this remained when, at the recent CAPTION event, Weller grabbed 'Madeline' by the scruff of the neck and wrung vigorously till every semblance of emotion drained from her pages and found translation through the startling facial expressions of an intense performance. I later concluded that this 'reading' had undoubtedly been channeled from 'elsewhere'.
FANZINE FICTION offers a less exhausting experience, but maintains that transcendental quality that pervades much of Weller's work. Here the tone is playful as Weller mixes fact with fiction in a delightfully composed, character-driven piece of prose that, with socio-political subtext and uneasy reflection of current affairs, still succeeds in being a thoroughly fun read. I kid you not - I smiled from start to finish.
Comics readers will glimpse their escapist selves in FANZINE FICTION and it will tickle, that's for sure! The thing is engaging, accessible, and in some respects echoes the irresistible charm of recent cinema release 'Together'. ("Together? What's that? Is there killing in it?") Don't miss this one, huh?
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(Review by John Robbins