Writer: Ralph Tedesco
Artwork: J.G. Miranda
Letters: Fabio Amelia
Okay, so we are still on the Urban Legend kick, although, I have to be honest, I’m still waiting for the typical Urban Legends that we are all familiar with. The ones in these issues are legends I have never heard of…and can’t find information on…anywhere. And seeing as how I’m not a huge video game fan, this issue didn’t really do much for me.
In this issue we have a video game and a guy that is obsessed with it. Our main character is Donnie. Donnie has a car accident and gets a lift from the tow truck driver who is, you guessed it, our friend Red. She drops him off at an arcade he used to hang out at as a kid. He sees a really hot chick playing his favorite game, Polybius, and they chat and take a trip down memory lane over a couple beers.
He brags about his Polybius triumphs but, how tragedy has always seemed to follow him around. He says he’s the reason his Dad killed his Mom, a good friend of his killed himself and his poor wife even hanged herself. Seems like everyone this guy loves, dies.
Then, while they are talking, the hot chick morphs into some sort of video game spirit, an evil one, that claims ownership of Donnie’s life, success and tragedies. Then the actual arcade game absorbs Donnie and he exists no longer.
The hottie starts playing the game and a new hapless unwitting video game loving victim walks in…and wants to play Polybius and walk down memory lane.
There wasn’t a whole lot about this issue that I could get excited about. I mean, I guess I just don’t get the story. Maybe it needs to be longer and more detailed but it really left me wondering “what the hell is going on?” and I hate that. It seemed like the outline of a story rather than a complete tale.
The artwork is fantastic and I think that is what makes this issue. Great use of color and line work to create some fantastic and startling images.
The rest, I’m sorry to say, left me feeling a little unsatisfied. Frankly, this could be an issue to pass on if you aren’t a diehard GTT fan like I am.