Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Eric Powell
Artist: Stephanie Buscema
Release Date: 12th October, 2016
No matter what I read from Eric Powell the man never ceases to surprise me, but this just takes the piss – in the good way. It still blows my mind that he created this series some years ago for the whole family to enjoy, because he’s not the type you’d commonly associate as being family friendly. Bear in mind that this is the same demented genius who brought us the utter madness of The Goon and Big Man Plans, so reading something like Chimichanga: The Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face is a startling reminder that not only is he full of unpredictability, but he’s arguably the finest and most multi-versed talent working in the entire medium. Chimichanga isn’t the best comic in his canon – nor is it even one of the better comics of 2016 – but it’s an excellent, beautiful story nonetheless, and further evidence of Powell’s diverse range as a storyteller.
Even Powell’s most twisted creations have moments which you could call genuinely sweet. But usually those elements tend to take a backseat to pitch black humour, twisted tragedy and over-the-top violence. However, Chimichanga: The Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face showcases the innocent and tender side to Powell that we don’t often see. Granted, it’s still quite bizarre – but you could also give it to your children to read and it wouldn’t leave them scarred for life.
The story centres on Lula, a little girl with a beard, and her best friend Chimi, a monster. Together they live in her grandfather’s circus with a host of other folk regular society wouldn’t classify as normal. Despite her big beard, Lula is happy-go-lucky and excited for waffles, and one day after she cleans out the potatoes and elephants from Chimi’s bellybutton she meets an outsider with a black beard who doesn’t have the same positive outlook as Lula.
The story is weird. I mean really weird. And silly – really silly. That being said, it’s the type of light hearted fluff you’d need to have a heart of stone not to enjoy, especially when it’s promoting such a positive message pertaining to the irrelevance of appearances. Lula’s outlook on life is one we could all learn from, especially when we live in a cultural climate where so much emphasis is placed on how we should look. You get a gauge from this issue where the story is headed, but it’s a harmless journey full of positive messages that’s going to be worth embarking on with these characters.
Stephanie Buscema’s art is perfect for a story of this nature. It’s carinvalesque and fairytale in nature, and also incredibly offbeat and full of charm. Seriously, you’d have to be as cold as Skeletor not be smitten by Chimichanga: The Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face. The artwork is adorable, and very distinguishable from other artists at the moment.
Overall, Chimichanga: The Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face is highly recommended and an alternative from all the cool, dark violent comics we all love. It’s innocent entertainment that will at least put a smile on your face if you still see the good in humanity.
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The writer of this piece was: Kieran Fisher
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