Black Mask Studios 2015
Written by Curt Pires
Illustrated by Chris Peterson
Coloured by Marissa Louise
Flashback to a Coppola party after his movie is released and he’s somebody but the chat he has on the balcony is kind of both telling and a tad ominous as if foreshadowing something not so positive to come. The way this issue starts off with that before the big rise and fall he goes through was a nice way to do it.
Back to now as while driving away from the scene of the diner trying to talk to police about what had just transpired which gets turned around into a big mess. Trying to dive and talk not the smartest move to begin with he should’ve handed the phone to the bartender and let her try to explain. She however has a piece of paper the killers had on them and well it has nice revelation on it one that well isn’t all that uncommon in L.A. considering but still adds enough occult stuff to make it creepy.
I do love how the two decide to work together to stop what’s happening. The writing here is fantastic I mean all the while these two aren’t talking about themselves or really giving one another any sort of background information instead it’s slug some whiskey and go kill the killers kind of stuff. Seriously this is fantastic writing from Chris as they hit a gun shop and Kleio she uses her feminine charms on the clerk oh man i’m loving it. Way to go and write a transexual black woman and make her act and seem completely like any other woman around.
If you remember last issue we had those reporters who went to interview that creepy guy who ended up shooting them, if not what are you waiting for already?, well he’s back and we get a very good look at him and what makes him so damn crazy and leader of these animal masked marauders. I’m a little sorry he was in his tightie whities when he did what he did man on man again magnificent writing because I dunno which dark gods these are, though one is familiar like Anansi or something, but it makes his holy mission more understandable from this point of view.
I’m a fan of how this ended too. Just how many twisted followers does this man have anyway? I mean it was interesting enough to see his pet pigs early on in his space suit, though I really have to wonder she’s topless why are they wearing bottoms at all? Real animal kind of play would either be furries or naked why this halfway stuff? Can’t be because you don’t wanna show nudity I mean there are nipples. Alright but this army that gets them at the Hollywood Bowl is really rather large.
Now the ending ending well that’s just plain creepy. Loved it but it’s odd and creepy.
I’m a huge fan of this, the way Chris is writing it is full of all kinds of cliche moments but the way he weaves it together makes this so much fun. Add Curt and Pete’s work on the interiors and boy you’ve get the complete picture. They do a wondrous job in bringing the characters to life, making our cult leader seem silly and deadly at the same time and somehow can also convey the urgency of what’s happening through their work. I still think those two pages of multi-panels should’ve had him full frontal naked though and i’m sticking to that I mean why stop there when you are doing that?
Mayday is the breath of fresh air madness and mayhem you need in your life