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Helena Crash #2 Review

Written by Fabian Rangel Jr.

Art by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Letters by Ironbark

Reviewed by Lorna Maltman (maltmanlorna@gmail.com)

Everyone has a past and a background and it is important to be aware of this in order to get to really understand people. For instance, I later found that a family friend was ex-Armenian mafia, which, now I think about it, explains the weird phone calls. This issue of Helena Crash really gives a lot of Helena’s backstory and her daily routine, to help us get to know her better.

Helena drops off her beloved car to her mechanic (and ex-boyfriend) Lobo, who at the moment, at least, is not as crazy as the DC alien bounty hunter of the same name. We then follow Helena doing a routine job of searching for a VHS, but of course, along the way, everything goes a little pear shaped. When she brings the VHS to the customer, it ends with thugs armed with samurai swords and a tiger – neither of which are overly fond of Helena. The plot does not advance massively, but the exploration of Helena’s routine and life is a delight to read, filled with wit and quirky moments.

The art is great, especially when Helena goes to a pawn shop –  the detail put into the background is amazing. The bright, stylised, sketchy, but precise art gives each panel a lot of charm, especially the gorilla wearing a King Kong Jumper –  I mean come on!

Verdict:

Buy. This book is full of fun and crazy concepts and has brilliant art. What more do you want in a wolf-man detective? You have it in this comic.

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