“Once you go on this bizarre trip, you won’t want to come back.”
Local jazz legend, Martin Comity, has seen better days. After experimenting with a new street drug, his already debaucherous lifestyle descends into paranoia as he suspects the drug’s visions to be real. To learn the truth, Martin recruits Benjamin Way, a peculiar novelist with experience in matters of “altered states”, to try the mysterious drug for himself. Ben’s jovial reluctance turns to earth-shattering revelation as the drug reveals a surreal world no amount of experience could have ever prepared him for. Jazz Legend is a neo-noir meets cosmic fantasy inspired by the lives and works of jazz great Miles Davis, and the father of beat literature, Mr. William S. Burroughs.
This second issue of Jazz Legend starts off with a crow eating a dead cat in a dirty alley. If this doesn’t set the mood for what’s to come, I don’t know what will. Martin Comity, the jazz playing virtuoso, goes off with a strange writer named Benjamin who he met at the end of the last issue. This is where everything goes off the rails.
At the beginning the narration style gave me a bit of a Crow feel to it, but that quickly gave way to the absolute weirdness this story dives into. In an attempt to figure out what the “blue drug” is, Benjamin decides to try it with Martin. This goes beyond anything Benjamin ever imagined as he gets sucked into his own mind—all the while finding out that Martin is actually a sort of omnipotent God from another dimension who’s been trapped on Earth. But when he’s on Earth, Martin doesn’t realize he’s anything more than a flawed human. I know my explanation doesn’t do the story justice but trust me, it’s pretty wild!
So far I’ve enjoyed the writing for this series. JC Lacek does a great job of making the characters feel original and displays good skill in giving them their own voices. We are given the perfect amount of information for the Quann, the Keepers of the Interdimensional Order, to keep interest up for the next issue.
I dug the art in the last issue and I felt it only got better in this one with the inclusion of the interdimensional beings. The art style really lends itself well to the trippy elements brought on by the use of the blue drug in the story. I can’t wait to see where things go in the third issue.
I’m giving Jazz legend #2…
4 Out Of 5 Whiskey Shots
Title: Jazz Legend
Issue: #2 (of 6)
Publisher: Scout Comics
Writer / Creator: JC Lacek
Illustrator: Vasco Duarte
Colors: Patrick Gama
Inks / Lettering: Cristian Docolomansky
Cover Art: Adrian Sibar
Editor: Stephen Jackson