Thursday, September 10, 2015
Comic Shop Comics: September 9
Sadly, he doesn't walk far, falling to the ground under the weight of the carnivores riding on him while eating him alive in a two-page splash on the following page. The next five pages then detail what happens to him (I guess I've decided without consciously deciding to do so that it's a him) and his body.
This is maybe the goriest, most violent comic released in the direct market this week. Which is saying something, because this came out on Wednesday, too.
In the final issue of his miniseries, writer/artist Ricardo Delgado resolves all of the various conflicts involving all of the characters who have survived to this issue in a pretty satisfying conclusion. I must confess, however, that in this issue, unlike the previous three, I kept writing dialogue in my head to accompany the silent images of the dinosaurs interacting.
Turns out the villain is the one most likely to have a beef with a thespian, and who is fairly spoiled on the cover. Keeping the book's tradition of repurposing minor characters from Batman TV shows as members of the faculty, the director of the school play is one Simon Trent (the actor character who played The Gray Ghost on a TV show within the TV show Batman: The Animated Series). It is perhaps appropriate then that the real identity of "The Phantom" is a Bat-villain who appears here in the same form he did on Batman: The Animated Series.
I'm not entirely sure I understood the villain's relationship to a student at the school, but that's par for the course with this title: The plots and storytelling are always just a little too muddy, and the comic a bit more confusing than it needs to be. Most issues seem like their illustrated from the second-to-last drafts of a comic script that still needs a bit more tweaking.
That said, this was one of the stronger issues in the series to date, and features a pretty much done-in-one story. It's taking this book a long time–way too long, really–to find its groove, but it seems to be just about there. I do hope it gets there before DC makes any final decisions about what books to cancel and what books to give more slack.
I'm going to give up on the one behind the eyball...
But I'd be interested in any suggestions on the other one, this guy–
Damn, I think it is!
Okay, never mind then; I guess I got 'em all except the one mostly obscured by Gary's right eye. I'm going to guess it's Marmaduke, but that's just a guess.
I found the most exciting page to be the issue's single ad, however, for next month's horror-themed issue: