IDW’s special collaboration with 2000 AD and Rebellion Publishing, The Zaucer of Zilk, concludes here in the second chapter of Brendan McCarthy & Al Ewing’s phantasmagorical psychedelic extravaganza from beyond the fringes of imagination! 30 pages of brilliantly surreal artwork by McCarthy!
We return to the world of the Zaucer for the conclusion to last month’s Zaucer of Zilk. The story is written by Brendan McCarthy and Al Ewing with McCarthy doing art and color along with Len O’Grady. As I stated last time, the Zaucer is a very psychedelic story about a world hopping magician.
The story picks up with our hero in danger from being bitten to death by the teeth in the sky. Our hero is able to escape with his new friend T’Tooth. The Zaucer is finally able to read the world of Errol Raine so he can try to rescue his number one fan, Tutu. The Zaucer and Errol Raine have their inevitable showdown. We learn why Errol Raine is so dark and gloomy. His story mirrors that of the Zaucer, but he was thrown down into the depths of despair due to Charognae the mother of cobwebs, spectre of age and dust and chaos. Due to some twists and turns I won’t spoil for you, Charognae is turned loose to cause havoc and destruction. Her target is the immortal and vain Zaucer. The Zaucer must face her down as well as his uncle the Zultan.
The story is every bit as trippy and wild as you would expect. While it is confusing in parts and you’re not quite sure what’s going on, you can piece together enough to enjoy the ride. It’s a story full of risks, and most of them pay off. The art is just as good as the first issue. You have art very reminiscent of 60’s Dr. Strange. The tie-dye backgrounds shift in color depending on the level of gloom or what world the Zaucer is in. McCarthy does a brilliant job of illustrating the fantastical.
Bottom Line: The Zaucer of Zilk is a far-out trip to the bizarre and psychedelic. It is a departure from normal that pays off for the most part. While the story is very unusual in parts, the art picks it up in places. If you like the old school Dr. Strange books, this is worth checking out 3/5.