This issue of Clown, Gischler goes for out and out absurd, profoundly sad and some other things. It’s a joy to read, even if the sad moments drag in some reality. Gischler’s not willing to write off the series as fluff; he’s trying to give it some actual content. Except that content is never as good as the funny stuff.
The big fight scene at the end of the issue, involving Russian assassins masquerading as a circus knife throwing troupe, a gorilla, a lion, how is it not going to be funny. The least funny thing, for the most part, are the clown fatales. The crazy one–whose name either didn’t get mentioned this issue or just doesn’t matter–is Gischler’s go to for comic relief. She works real well.
The other characters… Well, Gischler makes a show of developing them, but he’s not trying too hard.
Clown’s crazy pulp.
Writer, Victor Gischler; penciller, Maurizio Rosenzweig; inker and colorist, Moreno Dinisio; letterer, Nate Piekos; editors, Shantel LaRocque and Daniel Chabon; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.