Centered around the final night of the periodic club party Forgetless, this mini-series by Nick Spencer, Scott Forbes, and Marley Zarcone continues to impress with the main story telling the story of a hit gone wrong by focusing on one character involved at a time, while the back-up story has a trio of teenagers trying to get the means to attend the final Forgetless. It’s funny, and entertaining as Spencer writes some very smart dialogue to push the two stories forward.
This issue focuses on Sara, the model/hitwoman that got her friend Sonia the gig that’s gone wrong at Forgetless. We learn how she was recruited to doing contract hits and how she’s excelled at the job while she deals with the man in the animal costume that’s been shot. Her story is peppered with odd, funny bits like her weird obsession/crush on a late night talk show host and her crude sense of humor. Much of her back story is meant to show just how unbalanced she is, which Spencer gets through effectively. Her first kill is a very funny scene contrasting her boss’ empathetic concern for the deep emotions she’ll feel over taking a human life and her complete willingness to just shoot the guy and get it over with.
Scott Forbes’ style is akin to Joshua Middleton’s in many ways, from the washed out animation-esque colors to the somewhat stilted characters. The style works well for the night club setting, but isn’t as effective outside of the club where the lighting is natural and not artificial neon. Because the style is so unlike reality, a distance between the reader and the characters is established, working with the vapid, superficial nature of them, but also against the efforts to make us sympathize with them.
Marley Zarcone’s art, in contrast, is much more naturalistic and allows for a connection with the characters. The gap between Darla’s two front teeth is a great touch that adds to the humanity of the character, and Zarcone does small things like that for all of them. He’s very skilled at capturing the snarky sneers of the teenagers, particularly in this installment of the story as Darla comes face to face with her nemesis: her former best friend.
Spencer’s script in the back-up story is stronger than his work on the lead; He seems more at home with these younger characters and their false cynicism. Despite their best efforts to appear detached in their coolness, their friendship and caring for one another comes through. Leigh, one of the three teens, also has a couple of very funny and sweet moments where she disappears for differing reasons. Unlike the characters in the lead story, these three are easy to like.
“Forgetless” continues to surprise, particularly with the twist at the end of lead story in this issue. It’s never quite what I expect it to be, and the contrast between the two stories in each issue is interesting. Definitely worth checking out.