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Skaalrud, Caitlin – Tits! The Spiny Northern Maid


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Tits! The Spiny Northern Maid

Ah, mermaids. Disney ruined how monstrous those creatures could be years ago, but Caitlin is doing her part to right that wrong. Not that’s she portraying mermaids as monstrous necessarily, but I’m getting ahead of myself. The idea behind this book is that a mermaid has been captured and has been held for the last 20 years (mermaids live for hundreds of years, so this isn’t considered to be all that long). There are five other types of mermaids, but the rest of them have been hunted to extinction over the years and most of them don’t look all that human anyway. We learn all this through a class that’s being taught by a woman, and the mermaid falls for this woman right away. While she’s dreaming about this woman later on strange things start happening outside and the playing field is leveled a bit for this captive mermaid. I can’t say much more without ruining things, but this book was nicely done all around, from the behavior of the captive mermaid to the guy feeding her calling her “tits” because yeah, it would probably be that crude. I must be getting close to reading half of this Lutefisk Sushi E collection by now, and the vast majority of them have been well worth reading.


Schuster, Eric (editor) – The Horror #2


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The Horror #2

Hey, wait a minute, this isn’t an anthology! That “edited by” credit on the cover threw me right off. I guess an argument could be made that this IS an anthology, as around six other people contributed to this, but it’s a trick. The bulk of the story is the first chapter of “Dog Boy” by Eric Schuster, and everything after that is a full page spread of various assorted creatures. Is that an anthology? I need a ruling from a judge over here. I don’t think it counts. But hey, I can always review the actual comic part. The comics in this Lutefisk Sushi E box have mostly been self-contained so far, and that’s a good thing, but I can see the wisdom behind putting part of a continuing story in this box, as it’s basically a small press sample platter. Anyway, what we see so far is a young man going outside for a smoke break and getting into an altercation with a, well, dog boy. Or werewolf, or whatever it is. Oh, and the werewolf is riding a bicycle. The young man gets bit, as there wouldn’t be much of a continuing story otherwise, and things end with him getting a mysterious visitor at his door. It’s an intriguing start and I’m curious to see where it goes from here, but the danger that it becomes another cliched werewolf story is high. That mysterious visitor at the door is what’s keeping hope alive, as I do wonder what was up with that man. The full page spreads are pretty good too, with my favorite being “Surprise Minotaur” by Nathan Anderson. Yep, another good one in the mini comics box, another reason to buy the whole damned thing.


Carver, Cris – It’s Cris Carver’s Fun Time!

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It’s Cris Carver’s Fun Time!

When you’re dealing with a box of 30+ mini comics, all sold in the package called “Lutefisk Sushi E,” there are bound to be a few comics in it that are… insubstantial. Plenty of them are tiny, as there would be no other way to fit them all into the box, but some of them make more use of their space than this comic does. Not that it’s terrible, it’s just kind of there. This comic is the story of a joke, told to another character that doesn’t want to hear it, and the joke isn’t funny. The person being told the joke reacts appropriately, the end. The art is erratic and more than a little sloppy (I wouldn’t be surprised to hear something about this being a 2 hour comic, if that was a real thing), as your characters have to remain the same from panel to panel no matter what story you’re telling. So yes, it turns out that there are comics in this box that aren’t all that great. I would have been shocked if everything in here WAS great, and the success rate is still pretty damned high, so my opinion on the entire comic set remains the same. If you find this individual comic sitting around at a comic store in the future, unless you have the corniest sense of humor in the world, it’s pretty safe to skip it.