Publisher: Archaia Studio Press
Writer: Blake Leibel
Artist: Daniel Quantz
Release Date: 8/1/2010
I love psychological thrillers and this one is fantastic. It really gets and grabs your attention early on. If that crazy cover hasn’t gotten your attention already then nothing will. The story is about a psychologist who uses an infamous serial killer for a brand new experiment to find out how to cure murderers by making them feel empathy. His theory is that all these criminals are lacking something in the brain that makes them feel empathy and he swears he can find a cure. This is a fantastic concept and throughout the story, he explains it in more detail and I almost couldn’t help but nearly believe it.
The funny thing is, the main protagonist is a female actress who gets tricked into partaking in this experiment. The psychologist and a producer from Hollywood have set up a believable world out in the middle of the Nevada desert. He doesn’t know any of this is fake and when he starts to attack people he is tranquilized on the spot. She’s not a very interesting character because she’s not seen much and she’ ‘s always in character. We don’t get to see her much when she’s herself, but the villain, Alexei (the producer), and the psychologist are the main characters really. It’s just great to see everything come together in the end and see how this sicko’s mind works behind the scenes.
There aren’t many comics out there that delve into the human psyche and I find these more interesting than superhero comics. Everyone knows what a superhero is and they aren’t real. The human mind is very real and this sick crazy stuff is possible to any human. Syndrome reminds us of this and how some people just can’t be cured. I can’t reveal too much because there are a few twist surprises thrown in, but I didn’t put the comic down once, I was very engrossed. The art style is very detailed and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Syndrome is a great comic and any horror fan should pick it up.