The last issue of Clown Fatale reads like the big showdown at the end of an eighties action movie with the lead clown in the Stallone role. Amusingly, Rosenzweig draws a Punisher stand-in with Stallone’s nose.
But there’s only so much to the comic. Gischler gives it a somewhat open ending without begging for a sequel. He spends maybe a fifth of the issue getting to that end point. The rest of it is just the blonde clown beating up the bad guys. Gischler writes really good dialogue for the fights, he plots them really well. Even if he manages to execute them better than a mainstream comic, it’s still just a lot of action.
But he and Rosenzweig have enough humor and enough solid character work in those actions scenes they appear to be more. The approach isn’t deceptive, it’s just a masterful use of an extending genre.
Writer, Victor Gischler; penciller, Maurizio Rosenzweig; inker and colorist, Moreno Dinisio; letterer, Nate Piekos; editors, Shantel LaRocque and Daniel Chabon; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.