Welcome back to Reviews Roulette, where Megan assigns random comics to the intrepid WWAC staff. They are bound by the sacred Reviews Roulette contract to deliver an honest review, whether liked, loved, hated or disdained the comic they were assigned.
This week they read webcomics Salmagundi and Validation, and new Dark Horse offering, Father’s day.
Piccolodian (W), Marion-GGG (A)
Comic Rocket, Smack Jeeves
The premise of Salmagundi is that a gay man and a lesbian woman accidently had a kid together. It’s not the most original premise — something similar occurred in The Object of My Affection — but I appreciate the update on the trope in Salmagundi.
There’s a certain sincerity to the story that I liked as well. The dialogue at times jumps from feeling real to stilted, as if taking cues from better written comedic works, and trying to replicate them. But there was a real sense of friendship between the two leads, Lez and Don.
The comic treats sex with a frankness that is refreshing. No picture perfect bodies of models here, and though the only naked people seen are women, it doesn’t feel as though they are on display. The awkwardness of sex is present as well, which added some needed, genuine humor to the strip.
The art is rough at times. Backgrounds are near non-existent and some panels are very crudely drawn. This can make the strip a little difficult to read at times — the connecting speech bubbles are a much-needed addition. Lez is really nicely drawn, however. I loved the messy, free way her hair flows and tumbles. A small detail, but one that gives her a lot of weight and body as a character.
As of right now I’m curious to see where the story goes, but not overly invested either. The character of Don felt more like a trope than an actual person. Lez got my attention and added the weight needed to carry the story. She was a joy to watch and read.
Mike Richardson (W), Gabriel Guzmán (A)
Dark Horse Comics
Silas is a changed man. At one time he may have been known as the Eastside Butcher but that’s all behind him now. He doesn’t even kill spiders anymore. But you can’t just quit the mob, so he’s been hiding away in a small cabin on the seashore. Staying out of sight, for his own safety and the safety of those he loves. That is, until the very angry daughter he abandoned shows up on his doorstep.
The first issue of Father’s Day is a quick read. As soon as Silas and Denise are introduced, they are forced to go on the run. The pacing is fast and consistent throughout. I like that this is a father-daughter story but I wish that it was a little more unique in its premise. Abandoned grown child shows up on father’s doorstep to yell at him…we’ve seen that many times before. But it does make for a highly emotional, dramatic introduction — which is probably why it’s so prevalent. Denise fluctuates frequently between being extremely pissed off and wanting to help protect her father from the mobsters who are chasing them.
This may not have been the most original start to a story but there is the potential for some really interesting character development as it continues. You just need to be willing to stick with it.