Kim is a Vietnamese-American woman living in 2062. All eyes are on her as she enters the second phase of a cardiovascular study, but she can only watch herself from somewhere beyond her conscious state. As the study’s effects course through her blood vessels, her memories, body signals, and dreams converge.
In Vessel, Lily Thu Fierro and Generoso Fierro present a dystopian world through the internal and external states of one single character, Kim. The minimal layouts in Vessel mirror the sparseness in Kim’s present, but the richness of the images within remind us that her senses are most certainly vibrant and alive. Sensorial and elegiac, Vessel looks at a past long gone and a future with no place for the present states of many, and explores how a person experiences this barren in-between with some sense of dignity.
“Vessel [is] a feast for the eyes and mind that weaves together dream, memory, and medicine into a beautiful but frightening quasi-hallucinatory tapestry…”
-Ryan Carey, Ryan C.’s Four Color Apocalypse [Full Review]
“…In its ephemerality and its fogginess, Vessel acts as both a cycle and an ending, one that exists less in the mind and more in the heart.”
-Alex Hoffman, SOLRAD [Full Review]
“…[Vessel] comes across more like a beautiful dream captured on paper than a narrative that travels dutifully from Point A to Point B. It is the kind of book one can have an intriguing conversation about, which is probably the point.”
-Lindsay Pereira, Broken Frontier [Full Review]