Missing Linx (Viper Comics – Mettam / Huddleston)
DR. ERASMUS Q. BEDFELLOW is bent on releasing the creatures of the Fantasy Realm into our dimension, using the creatures of nightmares to rule the world. Only one thing stands in his way. An unlikely group of heroes – the result of Bedfellow’s last attempt to breach the border between realities – BIG FOOT, SASQUATCH, SKUNK APE and THE YETI.
This is one of those ideas that when you read it on paper, or even when someone describes it to you, you might squint and say “Really? Will that work? Could a super team made up of powered-up versions of North America folk lore legends hold my attention and be both exciting and entertaining?”
The answer is a resounding YES!
Dale Mettam does a great job constructing this tale. The story infrastructure is well crafted and at it’s core feels very George Lucas-ish to me (this is a good thing!). The comfortable flow of book and the seamless introduction of the characters allows readers to comfortably jump right into this family-friendly yet action-packed story. Mettam avoids some the common freshman errors of over-simplification or having too many details as he lays out the tale – the reader doesn’t feel like they are missing any pertinent details but they are also aware that there is a much bigger story and a much bigger world to explore. The plot and character interactions walk the line between being solid / compelling and not being so complex to alienate new or lite readers. In short, Missing Linx created for me a feeling of geek-nostalgia and totally has a classic “Saturday Morning Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” feel to it – which by the way is beautiful thing!
Courtney Huddleston’s gorgeous frames matches the fun pulp-like feel of the story – adventuresome, but not taking itself too seriously.
The Bottom Line: Loved it! Cannot wait for a second issue – or for whatever project this creative duo comes out with next! This is an absolute steal at $7.95 for 72 pages of fun for everyone in your family!