Writer: Richard Starkings
Artist: Axel Medellin
Admittedly Elephant Men is a title I have a basic understanding of, that is to say that I know it has been around for a few years and was created by Richard Starkings and is about a group of genetically modified human/animal hybrids in the future. So I picked this one up this week for a look since I hadn’t really read much of. Had I not known this then it wouldn’t have been an issue anyway because almost straight away we meet our Elephant Men and after that are given an info dump about the term Elephant Men which explains it is term used offensively to describe the hybrids. So after more than 50 issues it is still easy to pick up on and not reliant on your knowledge of who these creatures are which may be that this is the start of a 4 issue arc but the concept is there straight away to bring you in.
Much of the tale centers around a hippo by the name of Hip Flask who is an investigator and alongside a human investigator (who may or may not have a shady past) as they search a crime scene for clues. in spite of his at times odd and clunky behavior we see that Hip Flask is actually quite the detective and not a bumbling beast as one would expect. The human cop also has a side plot revolving around a mysterious lingerie clad woman from his past which I wont say more about since it will spoil the reveal but by the end makes you ask questions about whether this man can be trusted.
I found Axel Medellin’s artwork on this book really good and very much in keeping with the world in which the Elephant Men live since you can tell it is set in the future the skyline is full of Skyscrapers but the buildings are fitted just like buildings and not starships which artists tend to forget at times.
So if you are in the look out for a book that is both a bit neo and noir, That has a pinch of intrigue or even just giant animal men hybrids then you will love this.