If any publisher deserved the title of “weirdest,” it’d have to be Dark Horse Comics. They publish Mignola’s crazy ideas on a regular basis, give creators a chance to do what they want, and harbor some of the greatest horror comics ever. Enter a new series, Vinegar Teeth, which is about as weird as the title suggests.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
As a human being, Artie Buckle is a grade-A schmuck. But he’s a pretty damn fine cop. Good thing, because Brick City is under siege from its citizenry and only an unlikely partnership with a mysterious, tentacled, extra-dimensional being can put an end to the escalating crime problem. Thing is, there’s a danger far greater than cub scouts robbing banks . . . oh my! Across space and time lies a far greater threat, not only to Brick City but to the world! Holy crap! Can the two get past their differences and save the planet? Well, of course they can, but getting there is gonna be a helluva fun ride.
Why does this matter?
Dubbed “Lovecraft meets Lethal Weapon,” this new series from Troy Nixey and Damon Gentry is very strange and is perfect for anyone who thinks they’ve seen it all. Seriously, there’s a bulbous monster as a main character in this thing! Plus, Nixey is currently creating one of the best horror comics I’ve seen in ages with Jenny Finn.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
What the hell…
There are so many things going on in this series you’re going to be spinning to figure out what the heck is going on. From the clothes and old timey vehicles and surroundings to the eclectic cast of characters it’s hard to pin down when or where this takes place. On top of that the comic opens with characters in the crowd literally only saying, “Blah blah blah” and another character uttering things like “scoob” and “blurp,” further confusing the hell out of you. You’re going to be wondering what is going on and why…and then the introduction of the monster takes place!
The monster, rendered in a bizarre sort of way by Nixey that’s hard to pin down, is freaking scary looking. It’s hard to even tell where the mouth is, let alone how it moves about. Like a bulbous white tick mixed with the undead, this thing is truly frightening. To make it all the scarier, when the cops show up after it has eaten a criminal they act as if it’s a totally normal creature. Odd. To make things even weirder, and to keep the pace up, the creators shift the monster from a simple bystander to an honorary cop. It’s a zany twist and it keeps the comic reading a fresh way.
Nixey’s art is quite good and somewhat different than his work on Jenny Finn. The characters are warmer and rendered as if they were caricatures with big, strange features and even stranger clothing. The protagonist Artie Buckle for instance, wears an insanely wide hat. It’s an interesting rendering of the city too, which further creates a sense of obscurity and strangeness across the pages.
…what the hell!?
It can’t be perfect can it?
This book going to be too weird for many. Nothing really makes sense and the little sense you can make of it is going to be guesswork at best. Since so many of the characters seem off or strange it’s possible we won’t get any answers to why there’s so much weirdness. Maybe this is just how the world works.
Though this is pegged as a comedic title I never found the book funny. There’s an offbeat nature to the tale that could give some a chuckle, but I was too obsessed with figuring out what was going on to have a laugh.
Is It Good?
The strangest buddy cop story you’ll ever read. One average alcoholic cop paired with an extra-dimensional creature may sound like fun, but be aware it’s gonna be super weird. If that sounds enticing, then read this book!