Review: Todd, The Ugliest Kid On Earth #6
“CHARLIE ROSE’S TABLE: PUBLIC BROADCASTING SATAN,” Part Two
Todd gets caught in the crossfire between Charlie Rose and a half-crazed demon hunter. Meanwhile, Chief Hargrave continues searching for his ideal black partner. Peggy sees a back-alley cosmetologist about improving her looks. And Gus finds a way to hide the fact that Sandy has, well, been dragged to hell.
That’s right Todd fans, another new issue of Todd comes out today. The first issue shipped last week and we’re already getting another brand new issue to keep things on track. The second part of the new Public Broadcasting Satan story is written by Ken Kristensen with art by M.K. Perker. Sedat Gosterikli handles colors with Patrick Brosseau providing lettering. The first issue was a solid start. Does part 2 keep the risqué humor train chugging along?
Last issue we saw Todd’s new sister Sandy get taken by Charlie Rose’s satanic table. Gus wanted to keep getting the $10,000 he gets annually to keep Sandy a secret, so he tries to convince Todd to be a girl for the foreseeable future. Todd’s hesitant to swap genders, but he’s at the mercy of his father. After a game of “doctor” with the two school bullies, Todd’s even more confused about what’s going on. Todd’s mom, Peggy, takes a trip to Planned Parenthood for a little cosmetic surgery. The address was right, but the exact location was wrong. Some back alley doctoring has some interesting results. All of these points converge when Charlie Rose hones in on the location of his table. Things go from weird and bad to weirder and worse. A mild-mannered TV repair man may be their only hope. Enter the Marxman!
Kristensen writes another great story. The Marxman has become my favorite character in the book, and he only appears for 4 pages. He resembles a famous funnyman of yore, and his humor fits right along with what Kristensen does a lot in the series. I’m very interested to see what happens with the character over the course of the story. Things are a little more topical this time around, but it’s still that scathing satire and black humor that has become the book’s trademark. Perker’s art is amazing, that almost goes without saying. It’s hard to keep critiquing such great art. Perker is consistent, his work is fantastic, and he provides some fantastic visuals. The second art looks to have tweaked a few things and gives everything a more polished look. Gosterikli’s colors are a little brighter and more vibrant than last outing. Things are a little less children’s book, but it’s still a wonderfully colorful canvas that clashes with the book’ grim nature.
Bottom Line: Chalk up another win for Kristensen and Perker. This issue is faster-paced and a little more action packed that usual. We’ve got a great story going, and things are coming together already. It’s hard not to love this book. 5/5