COMIC REVIEW: Vinegar Teeth

Lovecraft! Lethal Weapon! A threat from outer space! What could possibly go wrong?

Vinegar Teeth: Lovecraft meets Lethal Weapon!  An epic genre mash-up: horror, humor, crime, and science fiction.

They had me at Lovecraft if I’m honest.  Add to that the whole Lethal Weapon schtick and I wasn’t about to say no.  And that is exactly what Vinegar Teeth is: imagine Lovecraft teeming up with Cthulhu to fight crime in depression era New York. Well, not really Cthulhu.  More like a transparent gas back with tendrils.  But he seems nice enough.

The comic focuses on Artie Buckle, a douchebag cop from Brick City, who starts the issue so close to the biggest bust of his career thus far that he can literally taste it.  Then, out of seemingly nowhere, a huge, bizarre……thing appears and foils the entire operation.  The thing turns out to be Vinegar Teeth, thus named thanks to an unfortunate case of bad breath, who ends up being Artie’s partner in fighting crime.  They’re an odd pairing, but there’s no time to dwell on that as something dark and….. weird is going down in Brick City.  Like, REALLY weird. And scary and…….alien?  Could it be that Brick City is under siege by creatures from another planet, another world?  And what if it’s not just Brick City that’s in danger, what if it’s the whole world too? Holy tentacled zombies Batman, whoever can save us now?!

Perhaps Artie’s new partner in fighting crime could be an asset?  I mean, after all Vinegar Teeth is a weird, bilious, tentacled being, so what if he can help?  He has no idea who he is or where he is, but he seems to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time. All Artie needs to do now is try to see past their differences and get ready for what is about to cross space and time to destroy everything he knows.

Easy, right?

The overall feel of the comic really is very Lovecraft: the gloomy, green and yellow tinged colour palette, thanks to Guy Major (Robin, Green Arrow), and the sinister, grotesque artwork of Troy Nixey (Jenny Finn) really adds to the whole dystopian 30s mood of the story. It reminds me of some of the early 2000AD artwork that used to scare me silly at the age of 7 when I first got into comics. Writer Damon Fentry (Sabertooth Swordsman) has put together a well-rounded and well executed story with a very unique twist on the whole buddy cop genre.  It’s bold, creepy and bizarrely hilarious, with all the elements coming together perfectly to create something funny yet menacing.

 

Title: Vinegar Teeth #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Inc. 

Rating: 3.5/5

Reviewer: Vix

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