|Two to Beam Up|
|Two to Beam Up is a curious comic from Canada that basically resembles an
extended Tharg's 'Future Shock'
Altho' It's called Two to Beam Up (why Is everyone using sub EC titles these days?), there's only one story: The Glacier, about a glaciologist exploring a frozen waste. During an earthquake, a giant creature is released from the ice...and that's about it.
The revelation as to what the creature is, isn't actually as mind-blowing as writer/artist Eric Haven seems to think, and he takes a lot of pages to get to it.
Really this is a story that shouldn't take more than 4 or 5 pages.
Eric's a competent artist (tho' I suspect he has trouble with faces, as he takes every opportunity not to draw them), with a dark, detailed cross-hatching style, and a good use of space, but as a writer, this feels like a first attempt.
This comic is nicely produced, and looks good, but, really, the story is so ordinary, it doesn't engage your interest.
If Eric's plan is a comic-length tale each issue, he's gonna have to do better than this, and I'd suggest splitting the next book into 2 or even 3 stories.
A puckish premise - the central character in the story carelessly
mows down a couple of other well know cartoonists in his car. I mean - who hasn't,
as a cartoonist, mused about dispatching many of our more famous brethren in idle
jealous fantasy? Really? It's only me?*
|I was a bit confused with this one; I guess because it's mostly
set around a comics convention, and I've never been to one of those gatherings,
so there's some context missing on my part. There are some really funny bits looking
at some of the curious people found at these things; pie eating, people constantly
sniggering about jokes they've forgotten, my favourite bit was the return of Alan
Moore from, "Psychogeographically exploring NCP carparks in Nuneaton"
for a brief period. There's also various outbursts of obscenity that break up
the comic in a rather intriguing manner.
The drawing is fairly loose, but conveys the violent mood swings, traumas, and nuances of the characters with a certain clarity. I tend to enjoy this kind of minimal, scratchy drawing, probably because its something I do!
Another amusing element is the apparently crazed relationship between the two writers. I've no idea whether this is for dramatic effect or if they do really shout "gayboy" with vicious malice down the phone at each other. There are moments where you feel kind of uncomfortable and ponder if the writers are actually nuts or whether it's just a big joke....
I found this comic slightly befuddling most of the time, although there are some very funny bits, I'd imagine a lot of this would make more sense if you'd read 2000 AD regularly or went to comic conventions, but then perhaps not.