Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Deathbed #3 Review and **SPOILERS**

You Are What You Eat

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, and Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 18, 2018


After a rocky start, the second issue came back with a vengeance and actually turned out to be a lot of fun. It's a wild and wacky story that Joshua Williamson is telling in this book, and so far I think I'm along for the ride. I'm very impressed with Riley Rossmo's art thus far as well, so I guess you could say I'm a fan of this book. Now I can only hope that those two creators can keep the momentum going and knock this one out of the part. Let's check it out.

Explain It!

After the last issue ended with Luna and Val being captured by the Church of Luna, this one picks up by showing you just how the church came to be. Basically, Luna spewed out a bunch of bullshit while everyone was high as a kite and they all believed him. Many years ago Luna left the church, but they have been holding it together without him there. They never lost faith in him, and even built a home to honor him in the Hollow Earth that he used to teach them about.

Sugarberry leads Luna and Val all around this new land the church has settled in, as every follower they meet recites one of Luna's old teachings: "You are what you eat." Sugarberry leads them down until they meet up with some of the elders of the church, who once again express the sentiment that "You are what you eat," before saying that they want to be like Luna. Well, Luna and Val are both pretty slow on the uptake, but they do eventually get the fact that these people want to eat him, with Val as a snack beforehand.

So the church's followers throw Luna and Val into a cage to wait to be eaten... which lasts all of two pages before they escape. And then their escape lasts a whole 2 more pages before they are captured once again by Sugarberry and the others, including a mountain of a woman called Master Chef. Luna is actually okay with this death because it will be a good story, but Val reminds him that if she dies too then nobody will be around to tell that story. This kicks Luna into gear and he addresses the church as a whole. He apologizes for leaving them before and tells them all the one thing he needed to say from the beginning: he loves them.

They decide to let him go after he says that and admits that he was wrong and simply projecting his own feelings onto them. But, once again, his freedom is short-lived as a group of mummy ninjas comes crashing in. Their leader, Zerachiel, slashes the throats of the church elders and reveals that they've been tracking Luna since he left his house. Luna begs them to kill him now and end his story, but Zerachiel refuses, saying that his death needs to be better.

For the first time since Val has met him, Luna doesn't seem confident in himself or his story anymore. Instead of fighting the ninjas and adding another cool chapter to his story, he starts reflecting on his life and how happy he was with his church. Finally, Luna comes to the conclusion that his memory is failing him, so he decides he needs to check out his own memories. The issue ends with him holding a severed head and contemplating what he needs to do.

Once again, this story is completely bonkers. There is no way to predict what is going to happen in the next issue, or even on the next page for that matter, because the story is so all over the place. Unfortunately, I thought the art took a dip this issue. I've never been a fan of Riley Rossmo's style, but some of the facial expressions here with just off. With that, the body sizes and body shapes of most of the characters were extremely inconsistent. The art has never been the draw to this series for me, but it was at least enjoyable to look at. I hope this was a fluke and the art returns to the quality of the first two issues so that I can fully enjoy this book again.

Bits and Pieces:

This story continues to surprise me at just how goofy it is. While the art is down from where it has been, Joshua Williamson's story and dialogue are just as crazy and fun. I can honestly say that I don't have the slightest idea as to what is coming next, but I am excited to find out. This book is definitely worth it if you're looking for a few laughs.


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