I fell in love with this comic right about page one, and then just kept falling. The story is smart, the characters feel lively and real, and the art is moody and lovely. One hell of a winning recipe. On top of that the story becomes truly creepy as the mysteries, and the monsters, reveal themselves. Gentrification horror at its finest.
This creative team has already proven their skill and ability to confront horrific realities with humor and a brutal honesty that’s both refreshing and absolutely necessary. Daniels and Passmore excel at subverting and exceeding expectations, and readers should embrace that and prepare to be blown away.
A coy, gruesome satire of gentrification. Blends discussions around race relations, cultural appropriation, and urban injustice with a creepy plot centered around a mysterious force which metaphorically feeds on those very phenomena.
Sharply observed satire. The book pokes fun at the zeitgeist with a sharp stick in a manner reminiscent of Jordan Peele’s film Get Out.
[One of the] best comics of the year so far. A haunted house story that speaks to pressing issues of gentrification and the exploitation and ejection of marginalized people in the development process.
A brilliant meteor of a graphic novel. Vibrantly drawn and perfectly paced, this comic is as compelling to read as the story is necessary to hear. Simultaneously delivering visceral horror, cutting satire and a nuanced interrogation of urban gentrification, BTTM FDRS gives classic weird fiction a much needed tune-up. A truly tremendous ride.
Eats its way into your imagination until your hands sweat, your eyes dart wildly, and you realize that you’ve been holding your breath.
An artistic highpoint for both its creators. In Passmore, Daniels finds an artist who can bring velocity and humanity to his mind-bending science fiction. In Daniels, Passmore finds a writer who gives precision focus to his frantic cartooning and break-neck storytelling; with both of their cutting social satires coalescing into a single brilliant send-up of the complex racial and economic politics of living in a gentrifying neighborhood.
Daniels and Passmore bring their satirical acumen and sense of the macabre aspects of society to their first collaboration. The medium is the monster and the mastery of its use are utterly apparent in this powerful sequential manifesto.
Creepy and charming, it mashes up oozy, sick horror and dark, politically barbed comedy. It does all this with a cast of distinctive characters, funny, stinging dialogue, and moments of queasiness built around a body horror conceit: that of a building that literally gets inside your guts. It’s one of a kind.