Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Dan Watters
Artist: Casper Wijngaard, Jim Campbell (Letters)
Release Date: 9th December 2015
This comic is bats$%t crazy… In a good way.
The first issue introduced us to the town of Dedande and to Clay, a detective with a dodgy memory and to Sandy, the voodoo priestess who loves mix tapes almost as much as Peter Quill does. There was even has a TV which eats a goat.
Yep, a TV chomped a goat.
In a nutshell this is a noir detective story, only its one where anything can happen and minor deities might just be possessing your toaster (that explains so much about my kitchen).
In this second issue, Clay decides to check on the contents of a video tape he recorded while on the job in issue one. That’s when everything goes all Cronenberg, with maybe a twist of Lynch and a soupçon of Carpenter.
Remember that goat I told you about earlier? Yeah? Well Clay ends up getting swallowed by his TV too. He then progresses from TV show to TV show, and one peril to another until a NES wielding voodoo priestess in a leotard (8bit FTW) saves the day. A very nice touch through this craziness, is the homage to Max Headroom, our narrator as Clay makes his way through all the TV crazy.
Dan Watters does an exceptional job of messing with your head with Limbo. His concept of a teleshaman drawing his power from the new magic in the “glow of the screen”, where his forefathers found their power in nature, is intriguing. Dan also moves this issue along at a breath-taking pace, which is matched by the art of Caspar Wijngaard whose colour palate and psychedelic imagery works very well.
All in all, this is well worth picking up. The characters are developing nicely and so is the sense that absolutely anything can happen. I believe that there is a lot more that needs to be explained about the world of Dedande. There’s something that the teleshaman said that has me questioning everything, and I love that. I’ll continue to tune in, even if it’s just to see if a gut feeling I have pans out (no I’m not telling you what it is).
The writer of this piece was: John Wallace
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