“CANDY WITH STRANGERS,” Part Three
Todd’s new prison mentor metes out some ugly justice on the convict that stole Todd’s stuff. Meanwhile, Chief Hargrave stumbles into the clutches of the Maniac Killer; Todd’s mother tries to raise bail money the old-fashioned way; and Todd’s dad learns there’s a dark side to his celebrity crush.
The comic book hit that is Todd, The Ugliest Kid On Earth continues this week with the third issue in the four part series. The team remains the same as Ken Kristensen writers the story, M.K. Perker provides art and lettering, and Cemal Soyleyen colors it. So far Todd has been two for two, does this issue keep the streak going?
This time around we don’t see as much Todd as the first two issues. We focus more on the others stories we started to explore last time. We see Chief Hargrave coming to terms with the fact that he may have made a mistake by throwing Todd in jail for the string of decapitations. He asserts that the latest Girl Scout death needs to be handled by NCIS since the uniform clearly shows she had military ties. It’s outside of his jurisdiction. He is sure he solved the murders and will get his name said on TV. That is until he has a chance encounter while trying to use the bathroom of a certain ax-wielding piano teacher. On the other side of town we see Todd’s mom Peggy, going by the pseudonym of “Blanche” while at the bar, dealing with the fallout of her decision to be unfaithful to Todd’s father. She’s realizing she may have made a mistake by sleeping with the sleezy Bo Flecks. Oh yeah, and Todd’s dad stole a limo so he could get closer to the Scientology starlet Belinda Fairchild. He does a pretty good job at that. We do see Todd toward the end though. He is adapting to prison life and learning even more about the way of the inmate.
Kristensen writes a different feeling story than the previous installments. There’s still that weird sense of humor and mature themes, but there’s a lot of character exploration. Kristensen has done an amazing job with the series, but he shows there is more to the book than risqué humor. He shapes the characters and really brings some emotion to Todd’s parents, who you downright hated before now. Perker’s art is fantastic as usual. There’s not really much left to say about it. He continues to blow you away. Soyleyen seems to go with a darker pallet this time though. Everything is a little more dark and moody compared to what I’ve been calling the children’s book feel. It works for the issue though.
Bottom Line: Todd does a little something different this time around, and it works brilliantly. You still have your laughs, but there’s also a lot of development with the other characters. Kristensen adds another dimension all around this time 4.5/5
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