It’s time for another review!
This week, I’m reviewing Adventures in Pulp #2: Dick Ruby and the Case of the Little Green Men. This is published on Comixology Submit, and is written by Brett Harris, and illustrated, colored, and lettered by Matthew Childers. There is no editor.
As always, we’re on the Prince song system: Adore means buy it, Beautiful Strange means take it or leave it, and When Doves Cry means don’t buy it.
Let’s get to it!
This is a fun little story. I watch a decent amount of movies set in the era, and the dialogue was very, very good. Very nearly spot-on. The only thing wrong with the dialogue was the fact that there’s no editor onboard the project. The lack of an editor hurts, because there is missing punctuation. As we all know, punctuation is what controls the pace of how things are read or said.
Anyway, the story was fun. Private detective gets a case from a pretty dame (because that’s how these stories usually go), and during the investigation, finds an invasion from outer space. Roswell is invoked. So there you go.
The story developed fast. It’s a done in one, and really, the story is only 12 pages. It has to develop fast. I had no complaints about it. Fast is good when you’re doing short stories.
I love the art. Matthew Childers knows his stuff from the perspective as the artist, but there were a few times when the letters could have been better incorporated into the layout, so that they don’t call as much attention to themselves. But the art and colors were well done.
The lettering needs a lot of work. The words within the balloons weren’t formed well (it should be a diamond shape), the word balloons themselves weren’t well-formed (too oval-ish, as well as too close to the words), the letters have different font sizes that are noticeable, and there are a lot of crossbar I’s throughout the pages. There are also a couple of places where the word balloons don’t follow a logical reading sequence.
Really, the lettering is the biggest downfall of this issue. A competent letterer would take this over the top. That, and a competent editor.
Final verdict: Adore.
Despite the obvious lettering problems, this is still a good read.