|Art: Well, there's art, and then there's art. The actual drawing is not, perhaps, the most beautiful, but the style is quite functional, and the originality certainly deserves some mention. And it works well, don't get me wrong. The characters are distinct, and a fair job is done portraying the various scenery. However, what's of interest to me was the presentation of said art, which is an art in and of itself. While a bit iffy in places, the animations do, for the most part, an admirable job in keeping one's eye focused on the story. Perhaps not the most complex piece of work out there, but I found the overall effect quite pleasing. And, of course, I was certainly impressed with the originality of the concept.
Story: This is, of course, the main focus of Vicious Souvenirs, beyond the unique style of presentation. The plot is complex, or at least, so we trust...judging from the number of obscure comments made by assorted characters, at any rate. I'm personally quite looking forward to the final unveiling of what's been going on here. At first, we get a general sense of Wikkid, Diesel, Mr. Closer, and their varied associates as being the 'good guys', albeit, ones of a rather untraditional sort...and then, as Dorian and Wikkid have their differences, a new question arises: is Dorian Closer misguided, or does Wikkid lack vision? As we continue down this road, questions like this continue to arise...one thing is certain, though...'good guys' isn't likely to be a label that can really be thrown onto anyone in this strip...or at least, that's the impression given. Overall, this was, to me, Vicious Souvenirs' greatest strength.
Characters: Like the story, these are complex. Unfortunately, barring Dorian and Wikked, with Diesel to a lesser degree, not too much attention has been focused on the others in the comic, though the impression is still left that they are real people, with very real issues of their own. This comic is, however, rather obviously more focused on the story than its characters...which isn't to say they're really lacking, as such...but you do get the sensation that some more detailed information about the other characters would be good. Overall, however, I have really few complaints...the mysteriousness of the characters does go well with the plot.
Overall: Vicious Souvenirs was an experience for me, and one I'd reccomend to just about anyone. If you're looking for a light-hearted read, well, this certainly isn't it. But I found it to be intriguing, gripping, and, most importantly to me, original. And it's a good original. When you come up with something original, it's either really good, or really bad...and I'd say that this is definitely a case of the former, not the latter. I give Vicious Souvenirs a 9/10.