Maybe you’ve worked retail, or in the food industry and had a cynical murderous rage swelling inside you that could only be let out by biting sarcasm and teeth-grinding words spilled out along with saliva inducing scorn. That’s normal.
If you prefer ponies, unibrows, pixies, aliens, shampoo, or I don’t know - anything positive at all - then this isn’t the book for you. You must have a certain level of innate disdain in order to resonate with the gritty noir from Marc Crane and Mike Young. I do have a certain aspect of myself that still lives in disdain from my years in the food industry, so I understand why Lil is a book that could catch on. To be honest, there was good and bad throughout the first 6 issues that I read. There are 8 issues currently available.
The Good - The language is highly creative, slightly outside the normal texas-southern grit, Lil swears creatively and has some interesting monologues, it is a noir afterall.
The website it KILLER. All indie comic websites should take direction from them. They’re using flipsnack to showcase each issue, it was a good choice. Having to load the page, and scroll back down through web comics can be a little exhausting at times (not physically, don’t judge me).
I enjoyed the art for the most part (see below), it’s black-and-white. The shading is really well done, for sure. It’s a good fit for the series.
The Bad - I’m not exactly sure what the story is about after reading 6 issues. I know it’s about a chick who hates the world, hates her dad, and pretty much everyone living in her town. That's because everyone she meets is the worst imaginable person she could possibly conceive. I also know she owes someone money, though I’m unclear as to why.
There are a few awkward panels, but that can be glossed over as most of the art is expertly done.
After issue 5, the momentum is suddenly dropped, and we’re back in Lil’s restaurant where there’s some borderline confusing vernacular during a mental reaming of the overly confident, ugly-as-shit customers. It’s read-worthy, just mildly confusing.
If you read anything, read issue 1, because that one will turn you on in that “dirty” way. Issue 2 will leave you intrigued as to what happens. Issues 3 & 4 start to gain some momentum before it’s dropped in issue 5. Maybe the momentum picks back up after issue 6. I’ll leave that to you, since you’re a risk taker that only takes risks when they're free. Let’s be honest with ourselves; you’ll read anything for free or you wouldn’t be here.
So, the verdict is to give it a shot - it’s worth the read if you like gritty noirs. Check out Lil & see what you think.