Space Sheriff and Happy Space Boy #8

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2006
By: Steve Saville

Cover of Space Sheriff and Happy Space Boy #8 Creator(s): Spanky Cermak
Publishers: Self Published
From: USA
Price: $2.00 plus $1.00 postage and handling (US)

Whilst this latest edition of Space Sheriff is a little light on substance it remains an engaging and appealing read.

A sense of fun prevails throughout and despite the fact that the narrative needs to be a little tighter the reader is swept along with the pace of the action and wackiness of the art. This edition, titled Invasion, rollicks along and whilst it does not contain much in the way of meaning still manages to be highly entertaining.

The black and white ‘cartoony’ style employed here is a perfect complement to the humourous and witty dialogue. At times these witticisms do tend to dominate the narrative to the point that they become more interesting than the main plot, but what the heck it is all good fun.

Visually the layout is varied and energetic. The judicious use of frame breaking works very well and helps to ensure that there is a sense of dynamism about each and every page. It is obvious that Cermak has had considerable fun in creating this comic and it is full of nice little touches. Like drawing in the gutters and having fun with onomatopoeia.

As I said highly entertaining and a good mean for the eyes even if it leaves the brain a little hungry.

The storyline itself revolves around the efforts of Space Sheriff [a kind of cat type creature who likes smoking and throwing bombs] to save the world form the arrival and full scale invasion of the planet by digital parasites. What results is considerable carnage, some of it somewhat random it must be said, but I guess what carnage isn’t.

It may not be deep but it will still bring a smile and, when all is said and done, that can’t be a bad thing.

In a Word: Agreeable.

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