Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
Art: J. Bone
Release date: 20th May, 2015
As much as I enjoy donning my robot fists (POW!), I feel that the comic continuation of Sparks Nevada is missing that special something. I’ve been a fan of the Thrilling Adventure Hour for some time now, and this is the first time I have ever been in any way disappointed with it. I know your shouldn’t really compare two different forms of media but I can’t help it, especially given how well Frank and Sadie Doyle (Clink!) transferred over.
The story and the artwork are both good, but I think the design of the characters themselves is what’s niggling me. As far as I can remember, the only character that has been properly described on the podcast is Crotch which means everyone will have their own versions of Sparks, Red and Felton in their head. The depiction of the characters on the book doesn’t match the ones in my head (It would be interesting to see how other people think of the characters), which may seem a little unfair, but given how popular the podcast is, there were always going to be difficulties in transferring these beloved characters to the printed page.
The story is actually a prequel to the main series in which we learn why the Widow Johnson is a widow and get to see the old not-so-friendly adversarial Sparks and Crotch dynamic at play again (in the podcast, that dynamic isn’t really there anymore).
In spite of this, the book is genuinely good and I’ll be sticking with it to see if I come round to the artwork. For me though, the deal breaker could be how they portray Cactoid Jim, should he appear.
The writer of this piece was: David Gladman