Red One 2 (April 2015)

Red One #2

This issue of Red One is far superior to the first one, just because Dorison’s made most of his sexist jokes. This time he tries to go the other way and mock the fascist fundamentalist Christians out to attack gays and fails miserably. For what’s supposed to be a period piece–think Boogie Nights with less story–Dorison doesn’t get any details right.

At least the Dodsons are doing very seventies hair on the people. It’s almost like Dorison doesn’t know how to write the period and, instead of fixing the script, the art is just supposed to cover for it.

But Vera’s a strong character and the old man she takes care for is a strong character and it works out. None of the supporting cast Dorison implied would be important last issue have much to do here. Thank goodness.

The ending’s off, but it’s a nice trip there.

CREDITS

Welcome to America, Part Two; writer, Xavier Dorison; penciller and colorist, Terry Dodson; inker, Rachel Dodson; letterer, Clayton Cowles; publisher, Image Comics.

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Red One 1 (March 2015)

Red One #1

What’s Red One all about? Being sensational. It opens with a Christian fundamentalist psychopath killing a porn star–oh, Red One is set in the seventies so pornos are still being shown in the theater (in this case, a theater resembling the White House). Then the action jumps to the Soviet Union and the top Russian super-spy.

I think her name’s Vera. Her name is less important than her being a bustier version of Wonder Woman who’s also something of a nymphomaniac. The Soviets aren’t happy with the Christian fundamentalist serial killer–who is going after commies and gays too in the U.S. (not sure where Xavier Dorison came up with his Soviet history but he’s wrong all the time)–so they send Vera to do something.

When it’s not trying to be more sexist than Frank Miller, Red One is sometimes fun. When it isn’t fun? It’s icky.

CREDITS

Welcome to America, Part One; writer, Xavier Dorison; penciller and colorist, Terry Dodson; inker, Rachel Dodson; letterer, Clayton Cowles; publisher, Image Comics.

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