Thursday, June 3, 2010

Elephantmen: Fatal Diseases (Review)

Citizen's Grade: Awesome.

Volume Two of this incredible series isn't quite as great as Volume One, only because the first volume (Wounded Animals) was so great that nothing could possibly equal it! Elephantmen: Fatal Diseases details the continuing, complicated lives of Hip Flask, Ebony Hide, Obadiah Horn, and the rest of the survivors of MAPPO's genetic experiments in Los Angeles, 2259, as a meteor falls in Santa Monica Bay and a new epidemic must be contained! The characters converge in cataclysmic fashion, showing the deeper elements within the Elephantmen's lives.

As usual, Richard Starkings continues to turn me into a hero-worshipper with his tremendous writing skills....and Moritat's and Ladronn's artwork is visually mindblowing!! The entire Elephantmen series should be acknowledged in overall work, look, lettering, inking, the point that they put the "big 2" to shame. They never have an "off" issue, which makes their inconsistent release-dates bearable and worth patiently waiting for.

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