Buck #1 written by Stephen Lindsay and illustrated by Danny Kelly, published by 215 ink.
I originally planned to write about a comic completely different to what I chose this week but something about my chosen book forced me to abandon my plans. The cover of the first issue of Buck was enough for me to get hooked. Dripping blood, a skull and claws meant there is so much to get excited about before you open it up. And then you do:
And it looks like a fucking web-comic!
I didn't know how to take it. I was expecting full blown colour and CG after all the technical advances in comics today but it’s still refreshing to see some black and white, DIY looking series on the market today.
Buck is a clichéd tale of a sheriff in small town USA experiencing problems with an unnaturally ginormous buck.
There is not heaps to the story, just a single father with a love interest going about his daily work only to find friendly forest animals savagely torn apart by an unknown offender.
The blame is laid squarely on a buck the size of freakin' Godzilla who starts eviscerating poor souls in the forest like it’s going out of fashion.
It does look fairly amateurish and thrown together but after a few pages it gets really endearing. For example I really love how the blood splatters beyond the dimensions of the page. There is a bucketful of it and it’s only the first issue!
I’m not really sure where they can really go with the story plot wise after the first few issues but I’ll absolutely keep reading.