● Published by Rick McGarry
A Review of Insane Jane by Darren G. Davis
Written by RickSchlaack
Catchingthe wave of comic book-to-movie adaptations, Bluewater Productions comic booklabel has recently paired with Pleroma Entertainment, an independent filmstudio, to bring two of its comics to the big screen. One of these, an originalseries called Insane Jane, providesan intriguing basis for a screen adaptation.
Insane Jane is the story of a mentallyunstable young woman, known only as “Jane”, who believes herself to be asuperhero. Teaming up with a recent arrival to her mental ward, she manages toescape the hospital and the clutches of imaginary supervillains. Insane Jane is deeply reminiscent ofNeil Gaiman’s the Sandman series; theart and internal narration could almost be mistaken for an issue featuringGaiman’s character Delirium. Darren G. Davis’ stenciled-photograph style,complete with disorienting backgrounds, pulls the reader into Jane’s world. Hersuperhero fantasies glow with supersaturated color as she kicks and punches herway to justice. The real world of the mental ward is, in contrast, bled ofcolor – dull common rooms, nurses, and muttering patients, shuffling in line toget their medicine. Who wouldn’t prefer the fantasy? As Jane struggles with hermental instability, the simple, childlike fantasy world wins out overcomplicated reality. Her dramatic escape from the ward is wonderfully absurd.The reader wants to run after her, to join her flight from reality into achildlike world of superheroes. I look forward to reading the rest of the Insane Jane series, if only to see ifthe intriguing premise, so beautifully realized in the first issue, will carrywell over several issues.