Sick Pack: By MP Johnson, 104 pgs. By Paul J. Comeau

Sick Pack is the story of a man and his abs. Male model Fabulo’s six pack has brought him fame and fortune—the shirtless image of him and his chiseled abs have adorned the covers of countless trashy romance novels the world over. But Fabulo’s abs don’t want fame and fortune. They want freedom! Fabulo’s abs launch a daring plan to escape him and his drudgery of crunches, leg lifts, and constant flexing. The result is an absurd and surreal tale of body parts trying to find themselves, and a man left to figure out who he is without the most defining part of his identity. Featuring plenty of sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, and a sexy bounty hunter who hunts rogue body parts, Sick Pack careens from one action-packed scene to the next. Chapters are short, with each one encompassing mostly the same scene. The briefness of the chapters kept the pace tight, and the action going. A few longer chapters offer moments of brief introspection on the parts of the characters, be they people or anthropomorphic body parts.

A bit more in the way of introspection/character development might have made this more compelling for me, but what it lacked in character was made up for with a plot that knew what direction it was heading in from the first chapter. Astute readers are likely to also have a clue where things will end up, but with Sick Pack, the journey is certainly more enjoyable than the destination. From a disembodied moustache crime boss to a hardcore band of disembodied parts, the surreal characters and bizarre situations of Sick Packare sure to hold your attention the whole way through, but I wouldn’t cut off a hand to read it. –Paul J. Comeau (Bizarro Pulp Press, bizarropulppress.com)