Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Crush & Lobo #3 Review

Like a Chump (Hey)

Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan, Tamra Bonvillain, Ariana Maher, 
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 3, 2021

I would be lying if I told you that I have been enjoying this book.  I have not, but it's more for what we haven't gotten so far, and what I mean by that is a story!  Nothing much has happened so far and that's not good as we head into the third issue.  Thankfully, Crush reached the prison at the end of the last issue so we may actually get things rolling.  Let's find out...

The issue opens with a bit of Lobo and his fellow prisoners in their group therapy session.  It ties into the concept of family enough to make it worthwhile but seems to set up a gag more than anything.  I guess Tamaki is also trying to fool the reader one last time that Lobo has turned a new leaf, but really...????

It's then off to Crush, who is waiting (not so) patiently to see her dear old dad. Unfortunately, there is page space to fill here, so we go off to yet another Katie flashback, and by now, if you've seen one, you've seen them all.  

We finally get to what this book has promised for a while now... Crush & Lobo.  Lobo continues to say (almost) the right things, and again Tamaki seems to think she has pulled the wool over her readers' eyes, but most people will be waiting to see when Lobo screws his daughter over.  Luckily, they won't have to wait long.  Or maybe unluckily since we've waited for two and a half issues to get here, and I wish we would have gotten more than a continuation of the gag from earlier and Lobo screwing Crush over.  Like I said, everyone reading this book expected what happened to happen, but maybe that could have been the point where Tamaki flips the script to make this more unique.

The rest (almost half) of the issue is just watching Lobo walk, Crush getting upset, and the business as usual attitude of the robot corrections officers.  It's such a quick read and feels a bit empty even with the significant development. 

This issue looks great, and we get the moment that most people expected, but it's huge, but we also get a lot of filler before and after it.  Still, I think this is the best issue of the series so far.  It also says something about the series as a whole, since it feels like we will start getting a story next issue. But, hey, it only took three issues to get things going, right?!?

Bits and Pieces:

Crush & Lobo #3 might have a twist that everyone saw coming from a mile away, but at least we got it.  Even with that, this book has a lot of filler, but I hope that the next issue starts to get things rolling.  This book continues to look great, and for what it's worth, this was my favorite issue so far.


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