Monday, 25 February 2013

Mr Mash-Up Issue 0 Review

Written By Sam Johnson
Art By Bruno Letizia, Eric Lamont, Mike Bunt, Meisha Mimotofu and Eddy O'Bomsawin
Cover By Mike Bunt



The product of his father's dalliance with a cold but beautiful alien goddess, Arin Zahne a.k.a. Mr. Mash-Up is the 'black sheep' of his demonic other-dimensional family - living on a 'granite hell hole,' eking out an existence - using the gift of his clone-creating powers for hired jobs. But Arin's salvation may be at hand in the shape of his would-be lover, the space-travelling Delfi Matrix...


'Mr Mash-Up' is a new comic from the creator of 'Geek-Girl' Sam Johnson and in all honesty, it couldn't be more different to that title.

Here we have a supernatural / fantastical trio of tales that at first glance seem like stand alone stories yet they all have little links to one another.  It's kind of like seeing flashes of a characters back story at differnt moments in his or her life.

I really liked that approach as in someone elses hands it would have been a very disjointed release yet here, Johnson has done an absolutely superb job of blending the stories together.  You find out a small part of the characters backstories and motivations yet there is a real air of mystery at the same time.  It's made me really eager to grab hold of the next issue to see where they're going to go next or what other characters are going to turn up.

The art for two of the stories is absolutely fantastic.  For the stories 'Voodoo Trespass' and 'Gold Town: A Whole Other Thing', the art matches the quality of the story like a glove.  It really brings those stories to life.  The story 'Return of the Prodigal #!%*' is a fantastic story but for some reason the art just doesn't live up to the promise of the story.  That said, it's not awful art wise but the other two stories just outweigh it with the brilliance of their artwork.

All in all, I really enjoyed this issue and really can't wait for the next one.  I also can't wait to see what Sam Johnson is going to come up with next.

Well worth picking up.

Story 4/5
Art 3.5/5
Overall 7.5/10

Mr. Mash-Up #0, 28 pages, b&w, written by Sam Johnson, illustrated by Bruno Letizia, Eric Lamont & Meisha Mimotofu, and published by Actuality Press is available now in $3.99 Regular and $1.99 Digital/Kindle editions, along with Geek-Girl #0, at . Suggested for mature readers.

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