Cave has seen better days. He’s trapped in some alternate Earth, recently met his alternate self, and he doesn’t even have that handy eye of his. If only things could get better…oh wait, they’re gonna get worse.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
Earth has fallen beneath the tentacles of the almighty Whisperer! As his terrifying army conquers what’s left of the human race, Cave Carson and Doc Magnus team up to launch a desperate plan, one which has been complicated by the arrival of strange visitors from another dimension!
Why does this matter?
Stunning isn’t a word I use too often, but boy has this book been that and more. Michael Avon Oeming and Nick Filardi have made the visuals on this book incredible page after page. It’s also the type of imagery you’ll stop and take a minute to enjoy due to its sheer trippiness. On top of that, it’s had an increasingly weird plot that fans of alternative comics will love.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
::Record scratch:: “You’re probably wondering how I got here.”
At its core, this series has always been about family and this issue magnifies that in interesting ways. Coming face to face with yourself from another dimension is one thing, but meeting your dead wife in robot form is entirely another. Lump on top of that the “good guys'” plan that may have made your relationship to your wife and even your daughter all fabricated and there’s plenty to work out. Doc Magnus is the perfect evil genius though he’s hyper logical and doesn’t see it that way. Jon Rivera has crafted interesting dynamics in this series and has created yet another. That’s what keeps this series running and your interest up. If it was trippy just to be trippy we’d all lose interest, but instead, Rivera has maintained an interesting collection of characters who interact and react in compelling ways.
Oh, and things get a heck of a lot worse. Oeming draws his pants off in this issue with some giant monsters with floppy breasts and–what looks like–penises in tight fitting underwear. It’s ridiculous, fun, and just adult enough to peek your interest. The colors are astounding with incredible care and detail given to Cave’s alternate robot wife’s buttocks (seriously) or the skin of the giant beasts come to destroy them. Ben-Day dots continue to be used throughout to give the backgrounds and gutters texture and life too. The use of perspective is great too with Oeming stretching the page to highlight how huge these giants are or to showcase the steep cliff the characters are hanging over. The colors are bright, the visuals striking and it’s hard to put down for just those two reasons on top of all the rest.
Nobody told me there’d be upskirts!
It can’t be perfect can it?
Customary of this series, if you asked me what was going on exactly I’d be at a loss for words. This is one of those books like The Invisibles where I think it’ll come together for a nice read in one sitting, but in the single issue format in most cases, you’ll be playing catch up as far as what is happening. Not because it’s too fast, but just because it’s so flipping weird and out there.
Is It Good?
File this under another great issue from the Cave Carson team. It’ll stun you in the best of ways.
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