Thursday, 4 December 2014

Cabin Fever Review


Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Jens K. Styve

Art and Cover By
Jens K. Styve

Published By
Self Published

Genre
Drama

Synopsis

The only things worth writing about are death, love and the ocean...

Review

When you see that a comic book contains no dialogue at all, it will go one of two ways.  The first is that the dialogue won't be missed at all because the art will be so strong that the comic will stay with you for ages after you have finished it.  The second is that you will read it and it will be completely unmemorable because the art won't be strong enough to keep the story itself going.

Where would one of the latest releases from Jens K. Styve fall?

Well after buying Cabin Fever online on a whim, I have to admit wholeheartedly that not only is this dialogue free comic more than worth picking up, it's one of the best things I have read all year!

The story is really difficult to explain without giving the whole thing away but that's one of the main strengths of the comic as well.  You can read this story multiple times and take a different take on it each time.  A lot of that is down to the starkly beautiful art work.  At times the art feels almost murky and feels like it's not really set in a real world but then on the next page, it's clearly detailed and sucks you in to the world completely.

When I read Cabin Fever, I was struck at just how beautiful, heart felt and almost tragic the story is.  It reeks of loneliness and heart break but at the same time manages to have an almost hopeful feel as well, almost as if the main character is going home at last.

If you are in the mood for something a little different but with a bit of Norwegian flair for haunting atmosphere then this is definitely the book for you.

Story 9/10
Art 10/10
Cover 10/10
Recommended 9.5/10
Overall 37.5/40

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