The search for a meaningful connection is one that most people look for a whole lifetime. The people you meet throughout your daily lives may or may not make a difference to you. We often share this connection with our family members, and even friends, as that symbiosis is hard to come by. This connection is harder to find, when as the late great Aaliyah asked in her song “Are You That Somebody?”
As anyone who has ever been attracted to someone, the line between love and infatuation is blurry. No one can give you a definitive answer. There’s no time nor reason to who you are attracted to. Speaking from personal experience it’s never when you want it and it’s never who you saw yourself falling for. In Josh Eckert and James F. Wright’s spectacular Contact High, this search is explored through the prism of dystopian speculative fiction.
We are taken to a future where humans are not allowed to be touched by another human and touching of skin in the future is illegal and everyone has to wear Lifesuits. We meet Ziggurat, a man who suffered from a new disease called Skinsanity, a disease where the touch of skin, makes one insane. We also meet Summit, a patient at the same facility Ziggurat is, as he confesses of how a yearning to live outside of the suit is what he dreams of. Everything changes when Ziggurat, during a standard contamination scan, knocks out the two orderlies and fights his way to Level III, where he finds out that there’s more to the hospital than they are letting on.
Overall, a great story which shows how important the human connection is. The story by James F. Wright is smart and compelling. The art by Josh Eckert is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that packs the action into a fable which shows that to find out the truth, sometimes you have to risk it all.
Story: James F. Wright Art: Josh Eckhart
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy