Edited by Gwendolyn Borgen
Art and Letters by Renzo Podesta
Cover by Renzo Podesta
Published by Viper Comics
I love Viper Comics; there I said it, so when Russell dropped me a note yesterday to take a look at the Ichabod Jones Monster Hunter series I simply could not say no to this one. Viper is at the top of their game with this comic book, and in all I found this one pretty cool. Our hero Ichabod is in an insane asylum, because he is a killer. Or is he an instrument of god doomed to fight the monsters from hell that inhabit the earth and make our lives short and miserable. Alone in a corner in a padded cell Ichabod is responding to the voices in his head, or are they in his head? Are they divine guidance or the internal stimuli of a person who is a psychopath killer? Did the guard leave the door to the padded cell unlocked, or did God open the door so that Ichabod could see the monster in the hall way chowing down on a mental home attendant? Is the monster real, or is it all in Ichabod’s brain? That is why this is a very groovy comic book.
The first book takes place in a mental institution, where Ichabod is chased through the institution by a monster that is chowing down on one of the mental home employees. He escapes multiple times eventually getting out of the straight jacket, and eventually killing the monster that is loose in the building. The surprise appearance of a couple of guys with guns who are also trying to kill the monster is a nice added bonus touch to the whole question, internal mutterings of a diseased brain or divine instrument of God. It does not help that the monster kills the two guys with guns, because it could be Ichabod or not in this scenario.
The things I liked the most about this comic is that there is a fine line between reality and non-reality. You don’t really know if this is Ichabod’s imagination that is leading to the horrific ripped apart deaths of three people in the comic, or if it is really the monster. There is also a decided Johan Vasquez look and feel to this comic book as well. Russell has his own touches, but the art work is extraordinarily well done, and really has the whole feel of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac to the comic book. While I don’t expect Squee to show up, there is a good amount of cross over here, if you liked JTHM, then you will love this comic book.
I am going to rate this one five of five stars, it is awesome and well worth getting in its physical form. While you can purchase this digitally, it is worth the couple of extra bucks to get this in paper format. It is worth putting in your comic book library and bagging and boarding that puppy. If you need to get two copies, one for reading, one for collecting and trading, then do it because this one is well worth the couple of bucks you will spend. Overall truly fun to read, and extraordinarily well done. I need to go find the physical copy of this comic book so I can add it to my own library.