I usually have trouble with adopting a new series to my reading list due to the fact that almost no single issue could possibly tell a complete story, or anything else near it. In most cases I won’t be able to decide whether or not I even liked that particular story until it develops several issues in. Luckily with “Billy the Kid’s: Old Timey Oddities and the Orm of Loch Ness” (whew, long title), there’s enough background information, wonderment and direction to easily adopt new readers, such as myself into a great series that’s already been around for a few runs.
Aldwin Callahan, our dear alligator man, is taken captive by another sort of amphibious man who bears a strikingly similar appearance to Admiral Ackbar when exposed to water. For some odd reason, Fineas Sproule (Human Spider), the leader of “The Traveling Spectacles of Biological Curiosities” believes tracking the Loch Ness Monster will aid in locating their pal due to the fact that they’re both water dwelling oddities. Billy the Kid (Hired Gun) thinks Sproule’s hypothesis is a stretch, a quirky, stereotypical stretch.
Other travelers of the group include Isadora Mavrites (Tattored lady), Siamese (The Man With Two Faces) and Jefferey Tinsle (Miniature Boy).
If you’re familiar with writer, Eric Powell (The Goon), you’ll be happy to know that same dark humor is still alive and well within Billy the Kid. Billy makes a Baptist church remark after a monk wigs out, Jeffrey Tinsle is taken captive by a single villager’s foot, and even horsemeat is consumed. The one thing that is certain is that it takes an “alternative” sense of humor to appreciate Powell’s writing.
I’ll easily award Billy The Kid a well-deserved 4 out of 5 for its accessibility and its dark flavor.