Full Moon Comix 2020
Written by Lindsey Schmitz
Illustrated by Francisco De La Fuente
Coloured by Edgar Tavitas
Written by Brockton McKinney
Illustrated by Jason Strutz
Lettered by Shawn Gabborin
Squaring off against a hoary horde of horny homunculi, our star-hopping sexpots Maxy Prime and Gabby Jinx may have their hands (and a lot else) full in this origin story of orgiastic proportions! Preceding the events of Full Moon's Femalien: Cosmic Crush, witness the birth of a salacious sci-fi universe!
I have absolutely fallen for this Deadly Ten Presents line of books. It really is the perfect blend of kitsch and modern and Tapehead is the new Cryptkeeper! So this steps away from the norm here for me anyway as I am not familiar with any of these characters or ideas. I am still this huge fan of Jason's wraparound story art and I cannot wait till one day he's in my sketchbook. The way we see the nod to Star Trek here was utterly phenomenal and it really made me excited for what was to come.
The main story is a nice little shock to the system as well. The two page spread gives us this quick synopsis of the Alteria and that is helpful to a degree and I say this because I am not entirely sure how that ties into the story at hand. Honestly I would have been just fine without it but Lindsey thought he needed that so here it is. Now I do like how we see a Mad Warlord's bid for power playing out here as it really does grab the readers' attention and takes them off-script which is completely engaging. Sometimes the best tool a writer has it he readers' own imagination and the way that Lindsey is able to utilise that in his work is really well done.
I like how this plays out and how the story is being told. The story & plot development that we see through the sequence of events which unfold here as well as how the reader learns information. There are some very surprising moments peppered throughout the story that are utterly fascinating to see happen. I like the moments of pure unexpectedness as it does keep you on your toes. The character development is uhm interesting to put it mildly. There are characters who I wish we'd gotten to know at the level that we do Jinx or even Maxy. The pacing here is good and as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists and turns along the way create a solid ebb & flow to the book.
The interiors here are okay. I would have preferred to see something with a bit more detail and consistency but having said that I do think that the work shows motion in a nice manner. There are moments that really pop and others that get lost in the crowd but overall its rather enjoyable. I will say this while there is no true nudity and the moments of passion and lust are fulfilled are done tastefully and I really appreciated how evocative that is. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a solid eye for storytelling. The colour work is really ice to see as well. There are times when we see the bright blues that have this amazing utilisation of the hues and tones. The way that we see the various hues and tones within the colours to create the shading, highlights and shadow work are incredibly well rendered.
The story has a very twist ending that I wasn't expecting but I find it progressive and fascinating. So kudos to Lindsey for thinking that one up. While this is unlike anything I have seen from this young franchise and I like how it keeps branching itself out. I am looking forward to many more surprises from these folks and if you want to see some completely unexpected and fascinating storytelling.