Summer of Indie – Comic Review: Vic Boone #2

Vic Boone #2 Cover

Writer: Shawn Aldridge

Penciller: Geoffo

Publisher: 215INK

I’ve been incredibly excited about the second installment of Vic Boone in Malfunction Murder ever since finishing the last issue (which you can read my review of here) and I’m very pleased to say that Shawn Aldridge has delivered yet again! I found myself grinning throughout reading this issue, everything about it is brilliant, the mix of small comedy moments with great pulpy action, the art, but best of all I found, was the pacing.

This comic almost has a beat to it, starting off with a fast-moving scene and then climaxing to one big moment where you just slow down to take everything in. Reading Vic Boone is like riding a roller-coaster: you slowly rise to the top, drop down and take a moment to think ‘hell yeah, that was awesome!’ before rising back up again.

Readers are brought right up to speed in no less than 5 panels featuring beautifully paced and fun narration, making this is very ‘cool’ scene. You know the feeling when something awesome happens in a movie and the hero says the best possible line for that moment, causing you to get goosebumps and think ‘this guy means business’? Yeah, it’s one of those moments, and it’s great to see that in printed form.

We’re reminded that Vic is a Private Investigator, not just a guy who’s good with his fists. He manages to pry information out of people, and robots, and still shows them that he’s best not messed with. You get a sense that even though Vic is being framed for murder, he can still see the funny side of the situation he’s found himself in, making him a really likable character.

The past seems to play a big part of the story here, and I’m wondering if those are seeds being planted for future issues, its as though the past always comes back to Vic, like he’s trying to forget it and move on, but there’s something holding him back… I can’t wait to find out what that is!

I’m in love with Geoffo’s artwork! The big shapes, bold colors and varying perspectives are perfect for this setting. The only negative aspect of this issue is that it is a bit wordy in parts, the thing is though, the artwork speaks for itself and I think that if it was given more room to speak, it would only benefit the overall comic.

So, in short, Vic Boone issue 2 is brilliant and a joy to read. We’re left with a great ‘How the hell can he get out of this?!’ moment, and I for one, can’t wait to find out.

Star Rating: 5 out of 5

GS Reviewer: Tom

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