INTERVIEW: ‘Darling,’ with Michael Fleizach & Todd Hunt

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Darling is published by Source Point Press, written by playwrights Michael Fleizach (The Onion), and co-creator Todd Hunt (The Secret Adventures of Houdini), with epic and punk ’80s street graffiti art and color by Dave Mims, and lettering by Zack Turner.
Inspired by journals left behind by Michael’s brother, Darlingis a comic meant to capture the passions they once shared.

SYNOPSIS: With all of New York City enveloped in the zeitgeist of a missing 8-year-old girl, lovable anti-hero Francis Darling accidentally stumbles onto the machinations behind her kidnapping and the drug war that ensues.

…but has he really?

A bit like chasing the Mad Hatter through a toxic chemical cloud, Francis’ inconceivable journey brings us uncomfortably close to NYC’s most crooked…most deviant…most irredeemable characters; the kind that can only be extricated from the drug-addled, guilty conscience of a failing brain.

Overall, the storytelling projects the very hazy recollection of its unreliable narrator, while the visuals explode off the page in unexpected ways.  Darling is a story that is as much heartbreaking, as it is frenzied, as the lead Francis continues to wind down a path that there is little hope he can come back from. A great story, that I would absolutely recommend.

A portion of the proceeds for each copy of Darling sold will be donated to programs that help people struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.

Darling #1 will be available on June 30, 2021 wherever comics are sold.

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