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Bret Easton Ellis's The One: The Forevers #1

Written by Jacob Sailor on Thursday, September 15 2016 and posted in Reviews

Bret Easton Ellis's The One: The Forevers #1

A bit black magic to go with that Less Than Zero nihilism we all know and love.

Source: Black Mask Studio

Writer| Curtis Pires
Artist| Eric Pfeiffer

From writer Curt Pires and artist Eric Pfeiffer comes The Forevers, the long awaited answer to the age old question of what if Bret Easton Ellis wrote The One (you know, the Jet Li film). The Forevers is a story about seven friends who once used a bit of black magic to bring them fame when the struggle was real. And it worked. Fast-forward ten years and each of the seven is a shallow, borderline stereotype whose fame is dying out, survived only by their egos. They've been reduced to washed up clichés, leading superficial lives in whatever spotlight they can manage. But as luck would have it, when one of them dies, the others start to feel that tingly black magic love again, and so a disguised member of the group decides it's time to kill the remaining team members.

Eric Pfeiffer's art serves to compliment the Bret Easton Ellis style of Pires' writing. It's sleek, realistic, and beautiful, with a touch of satire. His use of color drives the tone of each scene. During the intimate moments it's soft and quiet, almost carrying the whispers of its characters. But when the debauchery is at its finest, it's loud, and like the over the top nature of their behavior, screams for attention.

Issue one suffers from a bit of awkward pacing. We're kind of thrown around into different stories from the seven without much context other than the description of the comic. It's clunky and could have used a little bit of room to breathe. But fortunately Pires still manages to make it work. The mystery of who the killer is and just how the spread of magic will affect the team is enough to draw the reader in. The stakes are set and we're left to ask the question of whether the killer or the seven's live fast, die young lifestyle will get them first.

So where it goes from here is a bit of a toss-up. The Forevers could go in the direction of a tense fantasy satire with the overwhelming mystery of whodunit leading us through each issue. Or it could remain a clunky tale, full of brilliance but somewhat lacking in execution; a weighty tome whose importance is sometimes eclipsed by writing as shallow as its characters. You know, a Bret Easton Ellis story.


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Jacob Sailor? More like Jacob Seamen, amirite? Anyway... Jacob Sailor is the author of She Sees Metaphors (written as Bryce David Salazar) and co-host of the podcast We Write Weird Shit. You can find out more about him at

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