Warehouse 9 Productions 2016
On Sale in December
Created by Lance Lucero
Written by Lance Lucero & Adam Volle
Illustrated by Francisco Resendiz
Lettered by Kurt Hathaway
Are you in the mood for something different? I hope so because Bob is unlike anything you’ll read and it’s fun, charming and full of the unexpected. Bob’s a young man who has a barber shop and loves everything that has to do with cutting hair. That’s clearly evident from the opening here as well. Also evident is that Bob is able to communicate with ghosts and there’s no better place for him to have an encounter with one then while on the toilet. I have to admit it’s darn perfect writing here as the whole encounter introduces us to the issue and Bob’s world.
Now Bob has a favourite pair of scissors that were once the property of the man who pretty established hairdressing as a profession. Those scissors have a history and a quality about them he hasn’t been previously aware of….until now. The spirit of the man in the bathroom speaks French and Bob well he doesn’t so it’s fun to see the exchange between the two here. Also even though I don’t speak French it’s not hard to follow what’s happening in that conversation so kudos to Lance and Adam for being able to write bilingual and make it easily understood.
As we’re introduced to Bob and his supporting cast and the story itself you become infatuated with the whole concept of this series. I mean personally I wouldn’t have thought a psychic hairdresser would have much cause to have a series but the boys definitely prove me wrong with everything we see here they show us this series has potential. The kind of potential to continually surprise readers with what’s possible.
The interiors here have this wonderful all-ages quality to it but don’t let that fool you. While it’s whimsical and fun there’s great darkness here as well. I really like the use of page layouts through angles and perspective here they help the flow of the story. Also the use of backgrounds throughout are magnificently utilised and really help to flesh out the scenes and moments beautifully. Oh and I love the old ladies lipstick remarks on the windows, it’s little things like this that help make this stand out like it does.
So as Bob tries to uncover the secret behind the visitation in the bathroom it takes him on another adventure as well. One that seems incredibly well suited to his line of work. Though he wants to be known as a hairdresser and not a psychic somehow the combination of the two is why he’s a star. I love the fact that this has a mystery in it but isn’t really a detective series, it has the supernatural but isn’t a horror book it is genuinely a unique mix of elements that make it so original and fun.
Join Warehouse 9 Productions as they bring us the journey and self discovery of Bob the Non-Union Psychic as he cuts hair and encounters ghosts. While I don’t normally rate books I will say this is such a charming and witty introduction that fully deserves 5 stars!
You can find it here and preorder one for you http://www.warehouse9pro.com/bobstory2.html