Story by Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini, Brian Studler
Written by Brian Studler
Artwork by Butch Mapa
Colors by Marco Lesko
Letters by Fabio Amelia
This is what happens when you mess with the supernatural and a woman’s trust all at the same time. Here we have two guys, one is married and one hasn’t taken the plunge yet, still single. And these guys are a new dynamic duo.
They have quite the little scam going on. Here’s how it breaks down. Single dude, Phil, picks up random chicks and then takes them as dinner dates to Dave’s house. Dave is married. They all play nice and have dinner as if it is a double date and then, like clockwork, Dave’s wife goes to bed early in the evening. Then, it’s just the three of them, two guys and one girl. And it’s on like Donkey Kong. These guys are living the adult film industry, scene by scene in every fashion, all in the comfort of Dave’s man cave in his garage. And to top it off, Dave filmed everything. And somehow these bozos have never gotten caught.
But karma is always a bitch. Plus, revenge…is always a good motivator. And these guys end up messing around with things they know nothing about. Ouija boards and women. And then their fun little dreamland in the garage becomes a living nightmare.
As always, you can count on the peeps at Zenescope to give you a warped twist on a classic piece of supernatural paraphernalia. I mean, most of us have played with a Ouija board at one time or another in our lives. I did when I was a kid. It was a staple for sleepovers. But, nothing like this ever happened. Then again, I wasn’t a cheating husband with a skeevy friend boning everything that walked through my front door.
Now, that being said, not only did I enjoy the story, playing into the power of the Ouija board, I also liked how the writers twisted and turned the basic tale of scorned lovers and wove it into a paranormal tale of vengeance and punishment.
The artwork is great, as always. I think the artist really went to the edge with some of the panels (frames, whichever you like to call them), really going along with the imagery of the story. But I have to say, in this issue, it’s the story that really takes it away here.
Practically everybody has either cheated, been cheated on or knows somebody that has experienced these things. (Hell, maybe all the above huh? Depends on the choices made I guess.) Anyways, it’s almost like back when you were a kid and you found out that your significant other had been messing around with someone else. You were crushed but, at the same time, you were enraged. Anyone who has ever been brought to their knees by the soul crushing pain of betrayal and humiliation has also probably at some point planned the demise of the cause of said pain. I would say this story is the embodiment of one of those fantasies. One of those times where you plot every detail in your mind knowing full well you’d never do such horrible things and yet you somehow get some sort of relief and satisfaction just from imagining the scenario. (Oh puh-lease stop acting like I’m the only one that has plotted against someone at some point in their lives. Admit it. It’s okay. We’re all friends here.)
Anyways, (insert raised eyebrow here), I think this issue was quite entertaining and worth the read.