Review: The Dregs #1

the-dregs-1-9In this bloodsoaked satire of gentrification, an exclusive new restaurant called Pijin becomes the hottest spot in town by serving high-end dishes of human flesh. Where is the meat coming from? No one knows for sure, but a drug-addled homeless man named Arnold Timm notices his friends disappearing and is determined to find out if they’re being fed to the rich.

The Dregs is a modern spin on Sweeney Todd in our world of excess where a touch of celebrity can make even cannibalism seem downright sexy.

The comic presents to us an odd gourmet affair, where the truth is literally in plain sight, yet most are blind to what they walk by every day. The comic is pretty focused on a mystery that manages to reflect psychological horror in some aspects as only a few realize people are missing, that’s more due to their friendship with them than anything else. That mix of “is it real or is it some delusion” makes Arnold an interesting protagonist that Hunter S. Thompson would envy.

The dark, and gritty nature of the art style works well to create a fitting atmosphere for this murder mystery. Te darkness is contrasted with an odd optimism that is trying to revitalize the city. That optimism is despite the growing number of missing people.

I will admit for a book focused on creating a murder mystery there is a nice balance between plot building, gore, plot, and some political themes like gentrification.

Story: Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler Art: Eric Zawadzki
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review