Source Point Press 2019
Story Created by Twiztid & Dirk Manning
Written by Dirk Manning
Illustrated by Marianna Pescosta
Coloured & Lettered by Alessandro De Fornasari
Realising the true magnitude of the threat "The Darkness" presents, a daring plan is devised by our unlikely heroes... but when an army of seemingly unstoppable monsters appears, what starts as a rescue mission may turn into a suicide run!
Only Dirk can write a book featuring a Hip Hop duo from Detroit who I have never heard of and make it into of the years must have comics. Oh yeah and make me a fan of their music in the process, I had to check em out and listen to their music if I was going to get a feel for how the characters were being portrayed here after all. I know he's working with the boys on this and they were reppin at SDCC which I wasn't there for dammit so the story, concept and premise is a real team effort.
The opening here is so fantastic! That we finally get to see Paul pissed off and actually acting like a badass instead of the fool, the only problem with that is the hotheadedness of this is in reality working against him. Still yeah this is what I wanted to see, actual chutzpah and fighting prowess and boy does this team deliver that. I really like the way that this is being structured and that starts with the first page and carries on to the last. The way that we see the pacing here is extraordinary and how it manages to utilise the story & plot development and the character development to move everything ever forward shows Dirk's talent and skill as a writer.
I like the fact that Jaime while still acting the fool goes to find Felicia, in a home where they did their thing which includes using the house like teenagers. The dialogue here is utterly marvellous and the tongue lashing was pure fun! Then of course there's his whole plea to Felicia to help him, including admitting he was wrong. Yeah this whole part was written so believably and it leaves a solid impression on the reader in more ways than one. The way Dirk is developing the characters in this slow forward moving way is actually something that is a smart move and it's kind of refreshing to see that.
I really like the interiors here. The linework that Marianna is laying is strong stuff an that she's managing to utilise the varying weights to create this amazing attention to detail and how all of this makes an incredible comic book style art. Also the opening while Paul is in The Darkness I love the whites and blues that we see here pop in the work it is powerful and effectively done. When we see backgrounds being utilised they are sensational in how they expand the moments, like those little worm things crawling around, seeing the interior of the house, or pulling up to the abandoned house in the batmobile. Then there those blank backgrounds that disappoint, I mean it's established what is there so I'd love to see that extra mile gone to there as well. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show off a great eye for storytelling. The colour work throughout really finishes this off beautifully, I mean there are those moments where the colouring is to die for.
The creativity and imagination that we see from everyone involved here from the writing to the lettering, I mean that skee was great, make this book what it is. It is solid, interesting and just a whole heck of a lot of fun. Seeing this makes me want to see a Scooby-Doo Team-Up, I mean they used Wanda Sykes after all. Regardless this is the BEST thing you aren't reading and that needs to change!