Reviews: Silverfish

Published on June 16th, 2009

David Lapham’s Young Liars vol. 1 entitled “Daydream Believer” from Vertigo was one of my favorite books of last year, and was also one of our first reviews here at Comic Impact .  I still have yet to read volume 2 called “Maestro,” and I have never read Stray Bullets but I can recall some of Lapham’s work on Batman.


I had heard about Silverfish from DC’s Vertigo imprint, so I picked it up and decided to feature it in this week’s Trade Tuesday segment!

Now having read the book I can tell you that I am more confused then when I knew nothing about it. The story takes place in the winter of 1988 and opens  with a flash back of a man having sex and killing a young woman. Then we see a young girl named Mia and her friend Vonnie just a few days before Christmas, as Mia is at home babysitting her asthmatic little sister while her father and stepmother take a weekend vacation.

She gets bored and decides to explore the house with best friend Vonnie and her boyfriend. They discover a suitcase of money, a bloodied knife, and the stepmother’s address book. That’s right the evil stepmother has killed someone.

After Mia and her friends perform some prank calls to a number in another town that was found in the address book, to a psychotic man battling hallucinations of a silverfish and violent impulses,  Mia and her friends now must face the grim reprocussions of their curiosity. Are you confused? I know I was. To found out more on David Lapham’s Silverfish check out this week’s Trades Tuesday podcast as I talk about what works and does not work in this story.

Simon Daoudi

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