Saturday, March 16, 2013

Comic Review: Ehmm Theory #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone Comics)

Ehmm Theory #1 - Cover Image - From Action Lab: Danger Zone Comics
Written by Brockton McKinney
Illustrated by Larkin Ford

Indie comic book company Action Lab Comics has recently announced the launch of their Danger Zone imprint, featuring mature titles intended for adults. The first title to be released will be Ehhm Theory, whose first issue drops sometime in May.

I was lucky enough to be given an electronic review copy for my perusal.

This first issue (Cat, Quantum & Contrition Part One) is basically just setting up the series--it seems more like a zero issue (remember those?) than anything else. Our hero Gabriel Ehmm wakes up dead, finds that his equally-dead kitten Mr. Whispers has developed the ability to speak, and is dispatched by Saint Peter on some mysterious mission that will earn him a place in Heaven.

Ehmm Theory #1 - Gabriel & Whispers - From Action Lab: Danger Zone Comics

Gabriel's first stop is a small town where he is to determine the cause of a recent zombie outbreak, and also find his biological father, who will act as his guide.

A few dead zombies later, the issue ends with Gabriel finding a possible lead on his father. And that's pretty much it. It's an interesting beginning, but nothing more. It's like sitting down to watch a movie but stopping after the opening credits.

Ehmm Theory #1 - Little Zombie Clown - From Action Lab: Danger Zone Comics

Which isn't in itself a bad thing for something designed for a serialized format, but there's just too little story here for my tastes. The series definitely has promise--any thing with zombie clowns (little ones at that) is aces in my book--but I require a little more substance on an issue-by-issue basis. If things pick up in issue 2, this could really be something good, but had I paid money for this, I would've been disappointed.

The artwork is a little rough, halfway between cartoony and realistic, but it suits the story just fine.  A little more polish would be appreciated, but that's the least of this series' concerns.

It's a weak start to what will hopefully be a good series. Only time will tell.


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