From Gary Maloney (the award winning writer/editor of MIXTAPE) and Raquel Kusiak Burgos this spy-thriller is one of the comics that is being serialized in Bun & Tea (highlighted in our What’s Kickin August preview). Described as a “what would happen if Lois Lane had a secret double life as John Wick,” LENS is a story that follows the award winning photographer Jane Danner. She just so happens to moonlight as one of the world’s deadliest assassins.
I love this “old school” approach that the B&T Magazine is taking with serializing comics. I can remember reading Dick Tracy, Spider-Man (both were reprinted in my local paper growing up), and several other strips when I was younger. There’s something about the serialized approach that adds a dimension to a story that you just can’t manage to get in other forms. The serialized format brings regular installments that have no bounds other than the creators (IE- no larger publishing(er) agendas or irregularities). LENS utilizes the form well and gives a great first impression.
For such a deep character Jane’s motivations seem pretty shallow. She loves creating an outcome. Whether or not those outcomes are for the better or worse is pretty immaterial to her. The outcome itself is the satisfying element. It’s a stark contrast to the clear understanding of power that she yields with the camera. How much a single photo can incite a rage or sympathy isn’t lost on Jane. She’s very aware of the tool that photography can be. To employ an almost ignorant (not stupid) approach with it provides an extra layer that will hopefully be explored as the chapters roll in. It isn’t just the photography though. The other lens through which she shoots is also treated just as flippantly. The attitude that both are treated with will certainly bring about some very difficult situations for Jane. While Danner may not want the answers to her actions (or to even ask the questions at all), I am very curious as to how her affection for being both the creator and capturer of chaos is going to play out. If not from her, then certainly from someone sending her out on assignment, there will likely be a clash of conscience coming.
I’m already wanting to read the second installment. LENS brings a great pulpy feel to it with a modern shine. It will be very interesting to see just how it all unfolds as the broader picture is developed.
LENS is being serialized in The Bun & Tea Kickstarter which closes funding August 15th 2019 @ 2:52 PM EDT. Head on over and get this mag funded!