The Zoo Act
Written and Illustrated by Myron Macklin
Release Date: April 2014
Cover Price: $18
How far would you go to protect your life and the life of a friend? Would you do anything — no questions asked? In Myron Macklin‘s The Zoo Act, one man must test those boundaries.
Jeremy and his friend Ramone are gamblers — particularly of the dog fighting variety. This time around, the two inject their dog with an amphetamine that causes the animal to fight viciously and with great power, but die shortly thereafter; however, when Jeremy and Ramone try to pull this over on the kingpin of dog fights, Trendale, he and his crew don’t let them get away too easily. Trendale tasks Jeremy with getting him $15K, or he will take his life and Ramoneâ€™s.
Jeremy takes on a job from his friend and strip club owner, Skittles — one in which he’s told not to ask questions; but unfortunately for Jeremy, nothing ever comes easy. His task quickly goes awry, as he encounters multiple obstacles in the snowy mountains, soon discovering that his mission involves dangerous interactions with some very important people.
Macklin’s story starts off strong, with glimpses of foreshadow and the mayhem to come; however, I feel as though the plot loses its footing about halfway through, allowing Jeremy to quickly become someone unrecognizable and for lucky or coincidental events to drive the action.
Macklin’s illustrations, on the other hand, are quite enjoyable. His sketchy style mixed with pale blue and black on white backgrounds truly helps to set the tone for this cold crime story.
Unfortunately, the events that take place in The Zoo Act don’t seem realistic. I’m not sure you should gamble on this one.