Plastic Forks

    (Epic, 1990)
™ and ©1990 Ted McKeever

(From the Slings & Arrows Comic Guide)

In this short and simple story Ted McKeever asks some very big questions. Like: “What is humanity?” The plastic fork of the title is a metaphor for a society so throwaway that it’s losing a grip on what makes us human. All this within an adventure story about the not very heroic or sympathetic Henry Apt, who, like Dr. Frankenstein, realizes his mistake in dabbling with nature too late. He tries to make a device that allows a single person to create and fertilize their own eggs. His mad partner grafts it onto Henry’s groin when he’s attacked by the lab animals he’s been experimenting on and he’s suddenly transformed from God-like doctor to victim of science. Issue #1 kicks off with a load of nonsensical technobabble, which doesn’t matter because it’s all symbolic anyway. Bear with it. After this slow start the pace of the series builds inexorably to a crushing climax. McKeever’s painted art for the series is bright, lush and expressionistic, making bold use of splash pages and half-page frames to tell his fable. An excellent—and deceptively simple—series. ~FJ

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