The Lab #1
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The Lab #1

Writer: Allison Conway Artist: Allison Conway Publisher: Top Shelf Productions Release Date: June 17, 2020 Cover Price: $19.99 Critic Reviews: 2
8.3Critic Rating
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The Lab is a wordless visual journey into the grim machinery of exploitation. Its nameless protagonist is held in solitary captivity, alternately poked, prodded, starved, drugged, and worse. Brief glimpses of other test subjects, undergoing their own ordeals, are few and far between. But is all this abuse and isolation purely arbitrary? Or is there a purpose?
Painstakingly and evocatively rendered, Allison Conway's debut graphic novel explores the spectrum between lifeless gray and vivid color. It asks uncomfortable questions about the treatment we tolerate and the injustices underlying our modern world.

  • 8.6
    Comics Bookcase - Ariel Baska Jun 30, 2020

    Allison Conways debut graphic novel The Lab is a textless but relentless take on the life of a bipedal lab rat. Good for a long hard look at the human race. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Lucas Fashina May 15, 2020

    The Lab is for those people who like to dig into every single panel and find new details that changes the narrative ever so slightly. On first reading a story about isolation and desperation later turns into something else by the 2nd and 3rd reading. There's only a couple of things that might be holding The Lab back: Number one the price. At a price of 19.99 for 180 pages may or may not be that bad depending on your situation. The reason why I hesitate to recommend it at this price point is because I haven't heard any news on whether this is going to be a property that's going to go forward or whether this is just a one shot. It was such an entertaining read that I hope there is more to come from Alison Conway's creation The Lab. Read Full Review

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