Chimi is hungry! Normally, nothing would stand in the way of a beast and its meal but then again, have you met Lula? Lula is a plucky little girl with a strong self image. She is not backing down from anything, especially a fight between Chimi and Ronny, the hairy burglar with the world’s worst face. Thus kicks off issue #2 of Chimichanga: The Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face.
Chimichanga: The Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face #2 (Dark Horse Comics)
The unlikely gang of three stumbles upon the Circus of the Lost, a ghost circus that Lula only views as competition. What better way to size them up then to take a gander? The story takes an unexpected introspective turn in the Hall of Mirrors when Lula, Chimi and the hairy one face their inner demons. The hall of mirrors reveals that the guy with the world’s worst face may not be such a villain. He may have good reasons for turning his back on society and that we like so many others have judged him too quickly. My favorite moment is the bingo reference. I won’t ruin it for readers but just know old ladies are actually like that–I laughed out loud. Even Chimi is affected by the mirrors. A giant hairy beast has nothing to fear…or does he? Perhaps underneath he is just like everyone else. This scene is a tremendous one for Lula. She stands up not only for herself but countless others by defending non-conformity. Skinny jeans and hairdos be damned.
We are slowly getting to know our three main players. There were a few times that Lula’s smart mouth remarks were just too over the top or they fell flat. For a little girl she sometimes uses phrases that are more suited to an elderly woman like “tanning” and sitcom trucking stop waitress “kiss my grits.” It is still undetermined what exactly Chimi is. We know he is a beast but of what variety? He has magical elements to him such as his appearance and the fact that he has a gremlin living inside his belly. He also has this uncanny knack for morphing his body to adapt to various scenarios such as holding his breath to bloat and become a life raft. It is not clear to us yet how this strange friendship between Chimi and Lula began but it is very apparent who calls the shots; at least for the time being.
The art continues to amaze in the second issue. Stephanie Buscema has an excellent sense of color. A strikingly bold color palette evokes the eerie madness of the Circus of the Lost. Each panel is a melody of contrasting colors and brush stroke lines. Buscema also uses a technique of incorporating full page drawings with inset and overlaid imagery. This method is clever by telling the fate of the characters while remaining artistically pleasing to the eye.
Did I like It? Yes. Chimichanga: The Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face #2 is a charming tale of friendship, loyalty and the courage to be an individual. Lula’s spunk is infectious! This comic takes the old theme “don’t judge a book by its cover” to a whole new level.
My Fears? People will think this is solely for young children because of the child protagonist.