Bad Dog 2 (March 2009)

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Kelly follows the same format as before, with some minor changes. There’s a lot of humor, then some action, then some more humor and then the serious stuff.

The humor goes a little crazy here, actually, overloading the book. Kelly implies the serious material more than concentrates on it, instead emphasizing the absurdity of the protagonist’s sidekick. I remember the protagonist’s name is Lou, but I’m still iffy on the priest sidekick’s name. Though Kelly manages to be more blasphemous, on a per panel rate, than Garth Ennis. Kelly’s got some inspired lines.

But the humor goes even further, this time with the villains being neo-Nazis. There’s nothing more fun than watching a werewolf and his drunken priest sidekick humiliate and torture a bunch of white supremacists. It’s like Kelly’s using the book to amuse more than tell a story.

And amuse he does.

Great art, again, from Greco.

CREDITS

River Rocks; writer, Joe Kelly; artist and colorist, Diego Greco; letterer, Thomas Mauer; publisher, Image Comics.

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Bad Dog 1 (February 2009)

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The most striking thing about Bad Dog is Diego Greco’s painted art. Besides one problem, it’s some of the finer painted comic book art. Joe Kelly’s characters and situations tend to be absurd and Greco turns Bad Dog into this incredibly polished political cartoon. He’s very talented.

Except when it comes to werewolves. The protagonist is a werewolf and Greco’s work is way too finished for him. There’s not a stray clump of fur. It looks like the titular Bad Dog (or Lou) is constantly grooming himself.

It’s unfortunate.

Still, Kelly’s writing is strong enough it can distract. There’s his sidekick, a degenerate preacher played for comedic purposes, and the blind girl who’s got the hots for him. There’s also a talking decapitated head in the refrigerator taunting him. This issue actually goes on so long with plot… it seems too long.

While not revolutionary, Bad Dog‘s solid, engaging storytelling.

CREDITS

Old Monster, New Tricks; writer, Joe Kelly; artist and colorist, Diego Greco; letterer, Thomas Mauer; publisher, Image Comics.

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