Sunday, February 20, 2011
Comic Quickies or Attack of the Albino Alligator
After escaping the militia camp Jeppard and Gus are reunited and they have now formed a bit of a strange rag-tag fellowship of traveling companions. Along on the journey are fellow hybrids Wendy, Bobby and one of the feral dog-boys, also Johnny, the Militia camp lacky and Doctor Singh are in tow and rounding out the group are Lucy and Louise, two former captives of the militia camp. Together they are traveling to Alaska in hopes of finding some answers about what caused the apocalypse.
This issue has a sweet feel to it, which is vastly different from other Sweet Tooth issues. The change in format makes for a nice interlude between story arcs, and I'm looking forward to the next set of stories.
So far this story arc hasn't been as action packed as the first arc, and instead seems to be focusing a bit more on character development. Writer Cullen Bunn seems to be keeping his cards pretty close to his chest, as I'm still a bit unsure where this arc is headed. Sure, the Crossroads story arc is off to a slow start, but I expect things to pick up next issue as more plot threads are revealed.
It's impossible to say what exactly happened to everyone that made them lose their memories, as there is only one small clue in the opening page. On top of erasing their memories, whatever happened also seems to have make everyone in town ugly. This could be an unimportant detail, but with so little to go on, it is hard to say. the events of the last few pages are pretty tantalizing though, so I'll be interested to see where this one goes.
The black and white art work is solidly done and I was especially impressed with the fact that artist Nikki Cook managed to make the Lowesville residents so damn ugly, yet also make their faces so expressive. All in all, a well done first issue, though I am a little concerned about how much I initially dislike the main character. Still, at the end of issue one I find myself wanting to know more about what happened in Lowesville, so I'll be sticking around for a bit more.
Why Evan is still loyal to the family and their corrupt business is beyond me, as his Uncle Conrad, the C.E.O. is a gaping asshole, and the one who got Evan into this mess in the first place. Oh, and did I mention ol' Uncle Conrad is a vampire too? Yeah, and he's using his powers to make Barrington Industries into a powerhouse corporation. As the cherry on top, Conrad has also started shacking up with Evan's power hungry fiance. What a dick.
I really hope Evan picks a side soon, (fingers crossed that he teams up with Dracula), as his fence sitting is starting to get tiresome. Initially, this issue didn't do much for me, but after giving it another look, it is actually pretty sweet. Lots of interesting things going on. The vampire-hunter crew is in out in full force now too, so that should make for an interesting triangle. I expect Evan will somehow get mixed up with them as well, thus having some sort of vested interest in each group, making whatever outcome there is in this series a bitter-sweet one for the poor bastard.