Review – Mayday #3 (Black Mask Studios)

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Publisher: Black Mask Studios
Writer: Curt Pires
Artist: Chris Peterson
Release Date: 24th June, 2015

Oh Mayday, I guess the frenetic pace just couldn’t last. The third instalment of the four part series is out and after the complete assault on the senses that the first two parts were (in a very, very good way), the third part takes a bit of a dip.

We meet our protagonist and new friend at the mercy of the Cultists that we left them with at the end of episode two. Now, don’t get me wrong, things are still pretty full-on batsh!t insane, but the pace definitely slows down in this episode compared to the light speed frenzied journey of the opening two parts.

There is perhaps a little more reflection, and some more back story given to Terrance Gattica. We learn that his story is a little tragic, he can only write in his Oscar winning style when in full on drink and drugs mode, but it’s this very vice that lost him the love of his life, and it’s perhaps this hopeless situation that prompts the action he takes at the very end of the issue.

As I said, the pace does slow a little, but the action that does happen isn’t any less crazy than what has gone on previously, we have cultists, an orgy, a pop at how the LAPD are perceived, and a fairly bloody gunfight. All colourfully drawn in a vibrant manner – I especially love all the head shots (but that’s just me and my issues), and everything here is gravitating around the Cult head Bencio Del Cocaine like moons around a planet.

True to any story, we generally open with a bang to get the reader/viewer on board and then the story takes a slight dip before racing to an exciting conclusion. Well, episode three is the dip (and when I say dip, I don’t mean it’s bad, just not on par with the previous instalments). Mayday #3 does ends with a complete WTF development, leaving me wonder what the hell is going to happen in the conclusion. I’m really looking forward to it.

Rating: 3/5.

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The writer of this piece was: Andrew McGlinn
Andrew Tweets from @Jockdoom.

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