After Ronny stole Wrinkle’s Traveling Circus’ money and ran for it, Chimichanga and Lula go chasing after him. They come upon another circus, Circus of the Lost, and have to endure a truly hateful experience before leaving on good terms with the ghosts and skeleton running the place. The three leave the Circus of the Lost and head for the woods, where—unbeknownst to them—someone is waiting for their arrival.
At this point, the three “friends” should be going back to Wrinkle’s to return the money to Lula’s grandfather, but they lost the bag of money. I’m curious as to what exactly the point of this travel is. Are they going to follow the river the money fell in to find it? Are they just going to go back to Wrinkle’s? I know that, hopefully, Ronny will come to appreciate himself as he is, but why are they going into the woods now? What’s the point? Are they just aimlessly wandering? In any case, I can feel some character development coming, and I can’t wait to see it!
There are a lot of new and interesting ideas in this issue, like a talking hat that has the power to control whoever wears it. Eric Powell’s creativity is definitely exhibited here. Powell is a writer, artist, and creator with a very signature look to his work. From his work on The Goon (what he is most known for) to Big Man Plans to Hillbilly, his talent is recognizable anywhere. His writing style is effective, clever, and very entertaining. His artwork has a cartoonish style to it, but adds in a very realistic element.
Even so, I’m pretty glad that he and Stephanie Buscema decided to work together. Her artwork adds a creepy, almost ethereal sense to the series. The angular line work and imaginative, unrealistic character designs (like Chimichanga’s) really make this comic stand out on the shelf. Buscema’s colors really make this issue pop. In the Circus of the Lost, the bright colors remind me of the Day of the Dead, with so many ghosts and the head skeleton—but everything looks so lively. In a world as eerie and dangerous as this one, it sure does look fun and inviting. The contrasting looks of dullness and excitement pair well with the contrasting personalities of Lula and Ronny. These binaries balance the issue out and I’m sure will serve as a basis for future issues.
For a dark humorous book, look no further. Horror and comedy readers alike will love this series. It incorporates so many writing techniques and crosses genres to create one seriously entertaining story. The creative team has done an amazing job with this issue, and I couldn’t recommend it more, especially to Eric Powell fans out there.
Written by: Eric Powell
Illustrated by: Stephanie Buscema