Creator/Writer: H.H. German
Artist/Letterer: Javier Orabich
Colorist: Daniel Grimaldi
Here we have the third installment of an eight-issue series. Things are really getting heavy as the plots are becoming more serious and the hero vigilante is becoming more vengeful. This is a wonderful combination for a fantastic and entertaining read.
In this issue, Calico becomes aware of a horrid human being organizing dog fights. In addition to organizing and running these disgusting events, this macabre man, who is the epitome of a vicious man with the worst of human personalities, breeds, raises and conditions the dogs for the fights, dishing out all the horrific and sickening treatment of the dogs that comes with such a lowly and foul profession.
This being the case, Calico snaps into full vigilante mode and seeks out this unsavory and odious poor excuse for a human in order to exact some justice for his furry canine friends. It is clear from this issue that Calico is a massive karmic force not to be messed with. He repeatedly finds people who are some of the lowest creatures mankind has to offer and through his own arsenal of special skills and talents, he dispenses justice in the form of his idea of proper and deserving punishment.
With amazing artwork, as always, this issue was packed with vengeance, violence and gore. All things any horror fan would probably drool over. The artwork may even be getting better as the issues keep coming. The artist has a true skill for masterfully exposing facial expressions in a medium that is often very challenging to do so.
Also, the message of the creator and the team at Sigma Comics that are part of bringing Calico to life is staying very clear. Many times, in creations such as this, the message often gets lost in the illustrations and writing, kind of skewing more towards comic book fantasy rather than holding true to their original motivation for starting the series to begin with. The creators and contributors to this series are very careful it seems about keeping their message in the forefront, always the priority, letting the creativity of the comic book making process to almost take a back seat to the profound meaning and injustice being brought to light. Because they are so focused on this aspect, the purpose of the series is not lost in the surrounding story line, external filler and background type of stuff.
Another home run for the creators. I’m starting to get a little sad that this is only going to be an eight-issue series. In my opinion, they could keep it going and be successful beyond those initial eight issues we are going to get. I am told issue four will be out soon. So be looking for my review for that.