Martin John reviews The Intrepids #2
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By: Kurtis J Wiebe, Scott Kowalchuck
'OH, DARIUS DREAD, YOU KILL ME.'
The Bastards are sent to track down Dante's nemesis, the nefarious Dr. Koi. A key source of information is Darius Dread, a mercenary once employed by Koi, who is a surprisingly resourceful adversary. His use of battle baboons: unconventional. But Darius Dread isn't all that he seems.
The Intrepids is one of those books where design and style are ingrained like the bastard child of Studio 54's sweaty dance floor and one of the photo shoots of Antonioni's movie Blow Up. Kurtis Wiebe is a writer backed heavily by Image, and thus soon by the big two, provides heart and soul like an aging beat poet Scott Kowalchuk's pen is possessed by the demons that haunted Russ Meyer's movies. Justin Scott's colors are rich, smooth and subtle, invoking Rothko's pastel vibrancy. Ariana Maher provides that visual jazz/disco soundtrack with soft, bold lettering that completes the image and boldly communicates the story.
Wiebe, your skills and confidence with your characters in this issue are wicked. Two issues have passed and every single character of the main group has had their personality nicely fleshed out while not skimping on the action and furthering of the plot. You are making Crystal, Doyle, Chester, Rose, a dysfunctional family of crime-battling misfits, and their taskmaster Dante, believable with beautiful character moments and musings about family. You are dragging me into the fight against a mysterious villainous mastermind known only as Dr. Koi, bouncing me and the teenage adventurers on a treasure hunt from one clue to the next. Wiebe, I gotta say: I like the cut of your jib.
Scott Kowalchuk . Your cartooning is so much fun. I'm thinking Eisner might have blessed you from heaven man, because I can feel a little of him in your pages. Your characters are unique, your settings are lush and well-defined, I love the movie posters in the backgrounds of your panels, and the architecture of the houses that you draw make me want to earn more money so I can raze some cookie cutter suburbs and get you to draw me a neighborhood that I can build. Wow, just wow.
Readers, there are robot suits, espionage, crazed monkeys and men in exoskeletons that allow them to bench a whole hell of a lot of weight and much more waiting behind the pages of Intrepids #2. What more could you want from a comic? Put this on your pull list, because it is going on mine.
Review by: Martin John