Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Quick Mini Comic Reviews

Obsessive Crush
by Pat Lewis
Gina is a pretty folk singer who plays sets at the local college coffee house. Doug is a grad student in science! who creates a potion that will transform him into 'the coolest guy on campus'. Sharon is Doug's robot assistant, who is tired of being ignored so hse creates for herself the body of a giant killer robot. In other words, it's your typical comic book love triangle :) Lewis's comic is fast-moving, funny, and a wee bit insightful, and his cartooning fits the story perfectly
Rating: 3.5 (of 5)

Thankless Job
by Pat Lewis
The evil mastermind Iron Marauder has defeated his arch-nemesis, the heroic Retrobutionator, and now nothing can stand in his way of taking over the city. Except that is for a clueless temp who manages to accidentally delete the Marauder's entire ill-gotten fortune. Now Abe (the temp) is a hero, but has incurred the wrath of the now-penniless Iron Marauder. It's another fun outting from Lewis that makes fun of both the conventions of super-heroes and the cult of instant celebrity.
Rating: 3 (of 5)

Horus #1-3
by Johane Matte
Nofret is a typical teenage girl: adults, especially her parents, dont' understand her, and she hates kids, especially her brat of a younger bother. Of course, she lives in ancient Egypt, where finding a kid with the head of a falcon abandoned by a river bank is, while not a normal occurance, not cause for immediate alarm either. That is until two talking hippos kidnap the hawk-headed kid and Nofret's little brother, and she has to save them both. I love Matte's art; it's cartoony and full of dynamic action, and fits the story perfectly. The story mostly holds together, though at times take s acouple of jumps and delves off into a couple of unnecesary sub-plots. It's an odd thing to say in this day and age, but this comic seems awfully compressed. Horus might work a little better if Matte slowed the pace down a bit and allowed for the laughs and drama to develop a bit more, instead of rushing headlong to a conclusion.
Rating: 3 (of 5)

Distribution of mini comics can be very spotty, but all of these comics can be purchased online from the creators: Pat Lewis's books can be found at Lunch Break Comics, and Johana Matte's at Ruff Toon.

1 comment:

Jeff Manley said...

Pat Lewis does make good comics...