ADVANCE Review: Sally and the Wasteland #1
While talking to Comic Book Therapy about Spike: A Dark Place, he showed us some artwork of a series that hadn’t come out yet. A year later, Sally and the Wasteland has made it to shelves. The final result is B-Movie magic in comic book form.
Sally #1 deals with a rag tag group of survivors and their bar in Southern Louisiana. Most of the characters fit the bill of stereotypical post apocalyptic survivors. As a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, I was filled with a weird since of joy. I understood these characters and how they acted from their first panel. Even if you aren’t familiar with the tropes of terrible B-movies, Gischler uses his panel space wisely so that every character has a moment to develop. Enough that we have an opinion on whether we want them to live or die. Sally is a decent enough lead, even though her humor can be a little overbearing at points. Granted she’s the only humor throughout the issue, but some of the jokes just don’t land.
The plot start of the apocalypse in this story isn’t mentioned, but that doesn’t keep the story from working well. Civilization is over and that’s all that matters. Why are there massive sea creatures that are very aggressive? STOP THINKING SO MUCH. It’s fun and that’s what I choose to focus on. Gischler covers a lot of ground in Sally #1, but the issue has a decent pace and never feels cramped. Every character is introduced, the plot is explained, threats are given importance, and there’s a decent cliffhanger. I’m a big proponent of a good #1 to keep me coming back for a series, and Sally and the Wasteland #1 did that exceptionally well and shows a lot of promise for the future of this series.
Tazio Bettin does a great job on artwork. Characters fit the B-Movie stereotypes they are written as well. He jumps back and forth between heavy action and talking head scenes very well, and never lacks on the attention to detail. The massive aquatic creatures have a great look, and Betting uses angels well to instill a sense of massive height. The colors really stood out to me as Bettin goes for a color palette similar to a Fallout game. Since Sally is our lead, it’s not surprising she stands out with the only flash colors. The one thing that I would call a slight “negative” was shying away from the nudity at the end of the issue. There is nudity throughout the issue, so why be shy all of a sudden? It looks like Gischler is going for an exploitation vibe near the end so go all out with the idea. But that’s just me.
Sally and the Wasteland #1 gets 4.5/5.
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