Indie Spotlight: Non-Stop Action In Wordless ‘Fight Szine’

by James Ferguson

Overview

One big fight scene. Two warriors. No words.

Overall
8/10
8/10

They fight and fight and fight and fight and fight. No, it’s not Itchy and Scratchy. It’s the two warriors in Fight Szine, the silent comic written and illustrated by Phillip Sevy. Why are they fighting? What are their names? We don’t know and it doesn’t matter.

Sevy set out to make one big fight scene and that’s exactly what we get in this book. It’s twenty pages of non-stop action as these two women beat the crap out of each other in some kind of futuristic facility. The choreography is top notch. Every panel is unique, offering different perspectives on this battle. It’s also very easy to follow each movement.

It’s hard to tell a story without words. While we don’t have backgrounds for these two characters, a story is still told through their punches and kicks. We get a sense of each of their personalities. The smaller appears more playful while the bigger one is more gruff. I found myself rooting for one over the other, then changing my mind based on how the story was unfolding.

What really stands out in Fight Szine is the natural quality of these characters. Sevy makes these two look like real people. They are human beings. They’re not plumped up super heroes or Barbie dolls with unrealistic proportions. There are people that really look like this.

While there appears to be a winner in this encounter, it really could have gone either way. I would have been happy with either warrior coming out on top. The winner was not what mattered here, but the journey and it’s a pretty great one.

Fight Szine is currently available digitally through Gumroad. You can get a high resolution PDF for $5 or a lower resolution on a pay-what-you-want price (even $0).

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