Comixology Two For One Reviews: Bantam And Fatherhood
It’s Wednesday, and that means new Comixology Submit releases are out. We’re going to take a look at two of this week’s offerings. One is a puntastic comedy and the other is a look at the lengths a parent will go to just to make their kid happy. Read on for quick reviews on Bantam #1 and Fatherhood #1.
Bantam #1 is written and drawn by Lupi McGinty. The story is about some crime fighting chickens who look, sound, and act a lot like another caped crusader. Bantam and Little Pecker are out patrolling Cockham City when they stumble upon the ingredients for jerk seasoning. Someone is threatening the Cockhamites with shake and bake. The fiendish villain behind it is The Jerker. Since things always end up at the creepy old abandoned industrial complex, Bantam and Little Pecker arrive to find The Jerker and Mother Hen are ready for the duo’s arrival. As The Jerker escapes, Bantam finds out that there is a bigger threat jerking The Jerker’s chain. Colonel Rotisserie will use his microwave walking stick to bring the feathered crime fighters days to an end unless Bantam can figure out how to escape. Can Bantam escape Colonel Rotisserie’s crispy scheme? What will happen when Bantam’s biggest secret is revealed?
Bantam is a quick, but funny read. It’s chocked full of avian puns as you could probably gather from the character’s names. On top of that is some humorous jabs at the Batman tropes and history of the characters. The art is all black and white. It’s just as crazy and wild as the story. McGinty crafts a funny story exploring some of the super hero themes while offering a pun a minute. 3.5/5
Our second story is written by Ryan K. Lindsay with art by Daniel Schneider, colors by Paulina Ganucheau, and lettering by Brando DeStefano. Fatherhood is a story about a father who is divorced from his daughter’s mother. He would do anything to see his kid smile. He sees that a new doll is going on sale for one day only at the toy store. All the parents are lined up waiting to rush the doors and grab their prize. The father gets pushed, shoved, and you guessed it, all the dolls are gone by the time he gets to the shelves. Back in his car he has a breakdown. He grabs an old hat from the back seat and the story shifts over to an old noir type story where the father starts talking like a hardnosed gumshoe. He forces his way in to the back of the store where he coerces and beats store employees into telling him where he can find the doll. He crashes the one truck in all the land that has the doll. I’m pretty sure he kills a guy too. After all is said and done, does he make it to his daughter? Was all the violence worth it?
Lindsay writes a common occurrence and gives it a huge twist. You hear about the toy store scenario all the time, and more often than not they do turn violent. You’re shocked by just how far the father will go to get the doll for his daughter. He completely snaps when he can’t grab the doll in the store. He goes on a spree leaving anyone is his way lying by the wayside so he can do something for his daughter. The art is fantastic and the shift from the story to the noir part of the story is handled extremely well. Maybe this is one you’d get more from if you’re a parent, but by the end you’re just shocked how you got from point A to point B. 4/5
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