The Psychotic Rants Of AlbinoDarkBeast: Freakshow Review
Last week I was running low on Lexapro©, and I was aching for an outlet for my misery. Said outlet came in the form of “Klaws of the Panther” , a masterfully crafted sack of cartoon dog crap that happened to land on my hands at the right time. I have to say, even on medication, it still sucks. Anyway, most of you must think that my serotonin-deprived rants reflect my overall personality, and for the most part, you’d be right.
Still, I made a commitment to my friends at ComicbookTherapy.com to be as objective and truthful as possible, and I intend to stay true. Agent Burgos submitted to my inbox a very interesting piece of work for analysis. It’s Ape Entertainment’s upcoming Freakshow #1 (of 3). It features the writing talents of David Server and Jackson Lanzing (Command and Conquer Motion Comic) guiding the art of Joe Suitor (Transformers comic book Prequel). It was a low-res scan and it was still 17Mb, so it immediately piqued my interest. Reading it for the first time seemed…. well, inadequate.
There was something about it that just didn’t click, and it dawned on me after reading it for the second time. It was a feeling I had not experienced for months… it was pure unadulterated satisfaction.
Even for a low-res scan, the art looks beautiful, with a style vaguely reminiscent of something between Marc Silvestri’s The Initative and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s Neon Genesis Evangelion, yet wonderfully original. It features highly detailed and anthropomorphically proportioned characters against hazy backgrounds, with an impeccable use of perspective and seamless transitions between highly-dynamic scenes and still dialogue. Character designs are overall average for a post-apocalyptic book. I do love me some post-apocalyptic dystopia, and the ambience proposed by the characters’ costumes and powers is logical and well-balanced.
So yeah, they could be wearing pijamas and slippers, for all I care. Even for the first issue, the characters show a depth that very few people achieve, and I had a geekgasm over it. I love the fact that there are no dumb text boxes explaining anything about anyone. It makes the reader feel like they’d just intruded in someone else’s conversation. It puts you in a position where you are afraid to search for explanations out of fear of missing something important. It’s beautiful. I especially love the fact that it’s a 3-issue thing. I love thinking that someone can write a story so dense, so fulfilling, that it needs neither prequel, nor sequel. That what is said, is said; that the blood spilled will remain spilled, and that all the deaths will be literary, rather than comic book. I am eagerly looking forward to the conclusion, and I think you should, too. This first issue will set the standards very high for the remaining two, so I can foresee some escalating violence and vibrant artwork; along with a story that, if it remains true to its current tone, will be both entertaining and disturbing.
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