“She’s going full hog next week…now I’m into monster trucks.”
This week on Game Over Guys Comic Review, I’m going the totally biased route and reviewing a book who’s genre is everything I look for in comics. The book, “Sharkey the Bounty Hunter”. We got space. We got bounty hunters. We got purple people. And the best of all cyborg women! Okay not the best, but a cool addition. Reviewing this book and giving an opinion that is totally unbiased is difficult, but I’ll give it my best shot.
The story follows the adventures of Sharkey, a purple, middle aged, balding, ex-military, gambling debt ridden, womanizing, bounty hunter with a conscience. That’s a lot of descriptors, but they decided to throw the kitchen sink at us in this one. Along the way Sharkey picks up an orphan named Extra-Billy and gets pressured to take him across the galaxy. Oh did I mention he flies a second hand ice cream shop? We also see another bounty hunter known as “Big H”, who ruins a wedding. The overarching event that connects the various characters is, that a universe spanning terrorist has been sighted and everyone wants the enormous bounty on her head.
As with most stories set in space, it’s more about the art depicting different, aliens, cities, planets, and technology. So, there isn’t much to say about the book story wise. The story on this one follows the basic themes and direction of most bounty hunter stories. But, it finds a way to do it in style. What drives the story for me is the fact that the author decided not to explain anything to you. As a reader you are dropped into the Sharkey world, and left to put the pieces together yourself. Also, following along with the life of Extra-Billy brings some heart to the story. We will see how he affects both Sharkey’s life and business.
The art in this one is what gets me. It’s not about the detail or the style, but more about the scenery. I spent a great deal of time looking at the all the different aliens, buildings, spaceships, even drinks that were being depicted on the pages. There were moments when the art got a little fuzzy or blurry and that always rubs me the wrong way, but it doesn’t detract from the story so it works out. Overall I like the style and hope to see more of it.
This book flowed along seamlessly and by the end I was left with the sad truth; that I have to wait a whole month to continue the story. For me, that’s how I know I’m hooked. There is a lot of potential for this book to grow and I look forward to seeing how it ends up. This book is definetly being added to my personal reading list. If you guys are interested in this book or any others stop by Game Over Comics and pick up a copy. Peace.