Ruffians #6 by Brian Canini
Aw, dammit! I was having such a good time with this series, really getting into the characters and wondering where this whole thing was heading. Then Brian had to go and put himself in the comic. This has always struck me as a fairly ridiculous thing to do, especially in a case like this where itâ€™s a fictional comic. Sure, Dan Clowes or Chester Brown showing up in a story of theirs isnâ€™t the worst thing in the world, at least in the autobio stuff. But thisâ€¦ blech. This issue starts off with Scar walking up to the front door of the home of Brian Canini. You may be thinking that we get all sorts of answers to the story here, or at least his presence moves the plot along. No and no. Brian does mention the origin of why Scar looks the way he does (he looks like a teddy bear Brian had as a child), but thatâ€™s the extent of the useful information we are given here. Unless youâ€™re curious about the life of Brian, as he does go into why he moved out of Ohio, which is fine if that had the slightest bit to do with the actual story. At least thereâ€™s a big old prison brawl in the last few pages (after Scar â€œwakes upâ€ to find himself back there), but it canâ€™t save this issue. At the end of the issue youâ€™re exactly where you were at the end of the last issue, and thatâ€™s a hard thing to ignore in an ongoing series like this. Maybe when all is said and done this will have some significance to the storyline and Iâ€™ll be proven an idiot (not the first time), but for now I say again, blech. Oh, and donâ€™t think this means Iâ€™ve given up on this. Not by a long shot, itâ€™s still a lot of fun and Iâ€™m still wondering where this is all headed. This issue by itself just didnâ€™t do a thing for me, thatâ€™s all.