Antarctic Press 2020
Created & Written by Dallas Casavant
Illustrated by Nick Johnson
Lettered by Sean Rinehart
Two worlds collide at the Larry Hama signing! In this final issue, someone dies! Will it be Jonathan? Talia? Chan Haan Sing?! Not even Larry is safe!!!
The Earth Shattering conclusion is here! No seriously this is the final issue of the arc and the introduction to Jonathan, Talia and everyone else. While I am not normally one for romantic comedies this one is really fun. It isn’t everyday we get a book with this whole double entendre meaning in the title that’s followed up with something that mixes a John Hughes 80’s teen film with the modern CW Network sensibilities. This has been and remains to be a real unexpected treat to read.
I really like the way that this is being told. How we see the story & plot development move the story forward through how we see the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is really well done. There was no other outcome to this story than the one that happened and it wasn’t will it happen it has always been a matter of when it will happen. Of course it also depends on the character development that we see as well. Jonathan is a bit of a wimp and we’ve seen this throughout the story so does he man up and fang out? How we see these characters change, grow and evolve is fantastic. The pacing is really strong and as it takes us through the pages unravelling the story we see how everything works together to create the books ebb & flow.
The guys really do a phenomenal job with this book. This is my introduction to Dallas and if this is what we have to look forward to in the future well I’ve already signed up. This is a great book that fits into the romantic comedy genre but this time from a guys point of view and that’s hella different. We’ve met a fair number of interesting characters as well as few we could’ve done without but overall this has been something I hope I have introduced to a number of you folks.
I like that the interiors here have never waivered. The one thing I wish is that we’d see more backgrounds being utilised. I mean they are inside a comic book store the entire issue and we never really got that closed in feeling that I wanted to feel. I do love how the characters have been brought to life and how unique each person is. The emotions just ooze from them and let’s face it Jonathan is completely adorkable, geek + cute=, and Talia is a hottie that’s for sure and how this is conveyed so beautifully through the art to match the words is some nice synchronicity. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows a really strong eye for storytelling. The colour work is nicely done as well. The colour choices are interesting and that purple just makes my heart sing with joy. The colour blocking we see is utilised to its fullest and it makes for a really dynamic look.
I wonder what would have happened if we’d been able to get one more issue out of all this. Because while what was preordained come to pass it still would’ve been nice to see one fight play out and lead into another one at their home. In my head I have this whole planned out, so what does that tell you? I got so engaged and so wrapped in this story, in this book to the point where I found a way to extend the story. That is how well this book is done and how well it connects with me as a reader. You need to either order the books or hope that Antarctic Press is going to put out a trade paperback.