Preview: Chase The Mad Hatter Through A Toxic Chemical Cloud In ‘Darling’ #1

by Brendan M. Allen

Paying homage to the styles of Lewis Carroll and Frank L. Baum, playwright Michael Fleizach and co-creator Todd Hunt delve into the underbelly of the 1980s New York City’s drug epidemic with Darling #1, from Source Point Press. Art and colors by Dave Mack Mims are influenced by street graffiti and punk rock culture.

‘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.’

With a percentage of sales donated to programs dedicated to helping those who are struggling with alcohol and drug abuse, the creators of Darling, along with Source Point Press, hope to open the floor and give a voice to those coping with addiction within their families and communities.

Darling #1 is slated for release Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

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