Brendan McGinley introduces a world of cranky bugs, hapless robots, and heart-attack prone sitcom stars in Zig Zag and hypes the upcoming Pangea: Seven Arrows graphic novel for a certain pre-historic she-devil with a sword.
Humans are by far the minority species in the pre-historic world of Pangea. Sword and sorcery are the two methods of survival afforded them.
While not your typical art for a fantasy comic, James West’s style still shows influence of the genre as sort of an animated version of Richard Corben’s work.
This collection of short tales (some with dialogue, some strictly picto-narrative) stars Fawn Rainchild, a redheaded she-devil with a sword. And yes, she takes a romantic partner who looks like Conan. But that’s about the end of the similarities.
It’s a pretty good start, and will probably grow into its skin in the upcoming Pangea: Seven Arrows graphic novel.
Beautiful, flexible art that changes palettes and styles wider than you’d believe from one auteur pretty much characterizes the humor in this book, which is both good and wacky.
Or perhaps wacky is a bit misleading, since the humor is also pliable.
The pages are pretty info-dense, packing in 15–20 panels at a time, but it’s a good thing that permits writer/artist J. Chris Campbell to make with the funny.
It’s also among those rare humor books that are funny and entertaining enough to make one laugh out loud.
So cheers to ZigZag, and its array of cranky bugs, hapless robots, and heart-attack prone sitcom stars.
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.