Comic Book Reviews - Vic Boone #3 Review
Category: Comic Book Reviews
Writer: Shawn Aldridge
The title on top says issue #3, but I also read the past issues for the first time along with this one, so I’m going to give my general thoughts on the whole series so far, then some specific thoughts on this issue.
This is a wild, wacky and weird ride. I never quite knew what to expect each issue, and it seems like what pops up is only limited by the imagination of the creative team. But beyond that, there’s also a well structured, classic detective mystery. With robots. And monkey people. And a fly person? (I’m hoping we get to learn a little more about Andre in the future.)
Each issue is a good blend of action and character. They took me longer to read than most of what I’ve read recently, and it’s a nice feeling to actually read a comic and not just look at a series of pin-ups. There are a lot of panels per page and a lot of dialogue per panel, but it never gets cluttered and always moves at the right pace.
On my first look at the art I didn’t think it was a good fit for a detective book. But once I started reading, I realized how perfect the style fit. It’s bright and colorful yet dark and gritty all at once, if that’s possible. It just works. The coloring choices seem really odd, but make sense in the flow of the story. I don’t know how, but they fit the mood of each scene. I think it says a lot about the creative team that these things do work. A less talented team wouldn’t have been able to pull this off.
Issue #3 ties up the first storyline while giving us a little more insight into Vic and his issues–some type of wreck and an apparent drug addiction that we saw a little of in the past issues. The mystery wasn’t a huge mystery, it was pretty obvious if you paid attention, but it was still fun to watch it unfold and to see how Vic reacts to it all (especially his reaction to one revelation at the end).
The main story of Vic on the case felt secondary to the world building, but that’s not a bad thing at all. The setting is what makes this special, and without it we’d just be reading another private detective story. The world this takes place in is the real star and I can’t wait to see more of Vic’s adventures in it.
I don’t hide the fact that I love indie and creator owned books, and that I don’t have any love for the big budget mainstream stuff. Sometimes you read a book, and you can tell that the people making it really enjoyed making it, and do it for love of the story and not love of a big paycheck. This is one of those books. It’s bursting with fun and creativity, and should be on your list of “must reads” this month.
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