Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Brendan McGinley:

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Genre: Sci-Fi

You know, in no field but comics is there a steady presence of post-Apocalyptic, mutated, urban wasteland stories, and it’s still rare for one to be able to say an entry to the genre was too short. Dtox #0 has shapely art, a mutated tongue-in-cheek writing style reminiscent of Beau Smith’s Parts Unknown, and a low price for its oversize 28 pages. But its 11 pages of story are a bit pat. A character named Killvixen is threatened by hideous mutants who are then mowed down by Dtox. As a character intro, it doesn’t distinguish the protagonist much. Solve that, and we’ll forget to ask what material Dtox uses to store his acid that dissolves anything.

A couple of interviews, a reprinted Wizard pre`quel story as well as a set diary, and a guide to buying all the spin-offs constitute the bulk of this promotional piece designed to market the film adaptation. One for the serious collectors, but don’t they already have much of the material contained herein?

Brendan McGinley is a long-time writer for ComicBase. His comic favorites include anything featuring Grim Jack, Punisher, Guy Gardner, Green Lantern, or written buy Evan Dorkin, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Deadpool… and the list goes on. But he insists he is of discriminating tastes.

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