Mayday 1 (April 2015)

Mayday #1

Mayday tells the story of a coked out Hollywood director who stumbles across a couple of bad Tarantino knock-off hit men and starts an adventure.

There’s also a Benicio Del Toro (called Benicio Del Cocaine) character who’s given up Hollywood to start a cult and kill people. It’s not clear how it’s all connected, but it’s undoubtedly connected.

I suppose Mayday writer Curt Pires gets some credit for doing a comic with absolutely no chance of getting optioned by Hollywood (one hopes Lindsay Lohan or Del Toro sues him for defamation of character) but there’s nothing to the story. The protagonist is obnoxious, the supporting cast is obnoxious. Towards the end of the issue, Pires cheaply inserts a second lead. She doesn’t have enough presence to be obnoxious.

Chris Peterson’s art is okay enough, but he doesn’t do anything special. Mayday is a whole bag of not special actually.

CREDITS

Degradation Nation; writer, Curt Pires; artist, Chris Peterson; colorist, Pete Toms; letterer, Colin Bell; publisher, Black Mask Studios.

Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight 1 (October 2013)

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Eh. I get the joke. It’s a Grindhouse homage comic book instead of a Grindhouse homage movie. Does Alex De Campi come up with any reason to actually read the comic other than the gimmick?

It’s tawdry to be sure. It’s got tawdry to spare, but there’s nothing behind it. De Campi shocks for the sake of shocking and the shocking isn’t particularly good. It’s hard to be trashy when you’ve got an impossibly difficult to imagine scenario. Killer demonic bees or whatever. Those are a lot of bees to choreograph.

Chris Peterson doesn’t do bad with the issue other than that choreography. The bees are all messy, never with the detail the rest of the comic gets. But there’s a lack of personality in the artwork too. The comic needs personality–to make up for De Campi not bringing any sincere personality–and Peterson doesn’t bring it either.

Yawn.

CREDITS

Bee Vixens From Mars, Part One; writer and letterer, Alex De Campi; artist, Chris Peterson; colorist, Nolan Woodard; editors, Ian Tucker and Brendan Wright; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

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