Bonehead #1 (December 2017)

Bonehead #1

The Rhoald Marcellius art aside, I’m not sure there’s enough to Bonehead to stay conscious, much less engaged between issues.

It is the future. Drones patrol the city. Boneheads are parkour-gangs, because in the future, every male under the age of thirty will have amazing coordination. The lead of Bonehead is “56.” He doesn’t have a name, he doesn’t speak, he just is “56.” He’s out to find a drone. Because it’s worth the stunt. I had to go back twice to see if there was any motivation. Maybe there was some more.

Bryan Hill’s expository dialogue fills the book and it’s exhausting. He makes you not want to read the comic–given the illustrative quality of the Marcellius art, Image (or Top Cow–Bonehead is actually a Top Cow book) should have put it out without word balloons. Then it might be a successful.

But they didn’t; instead, Bonehead is full of boring words and good art. But the art–and the content–isn’t enough to get me back. The non-talking protagonist is just annoying.

CREDITS

Writer, Bryan Hill; artist, Rhoald Marcellius; colorist, Sakti Yuwono; letterers, Jaka Ady and Imam Eko; editor, Elena Salcedo; publisher, Image Comics.

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Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 (March 2018)

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1

Despite being about show business, Snagglepuss doesn’t have a lot of show. Whenever it comes time for drama, writer Mark Russell moves on. He gives penciller Mike Feehan and inker Mark Morales a couple panels to wrap up with visual suggestion, but no drama.

Considering Exit Stage Left reimagines Snagglepuss as a popular playwright in fifties New York City… some drama might be nice.

Russell’s script is intelligent, Feehan’s layouts are great, there’s just not a lot to the book. We meet Snagglepuss, get some of his ground situation, get some of the McCarthy hearings and its effects, but not much else.

When Huckleberry Hound shows up for a bit towards the end, it feels wrong. Russell has shied away from the cartoon origins of the character and having a guest star? It’s not smooth.

Exit Stage Left is off to an okay start. But, so far, there’s nothing special about it.

CREDITS

Writer, Mark Russell; penciller, Mike Feehan; inker, Mark Morales; colorist, Paul Mounts; letterer, Dave Sharpe; editors, Diego Lopez and Marie Javins; publisher, DC Comics.

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