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Snarked 12 (September 2012)

I guess Langridge gives Snarked a very grown-up ending. It fits with the fable tone he’s established, but it also got me all teary-eyed. It’s a philosophically rewarding finish, which isn’t the same thing as being an immediately pleasurable one. Langridge covers a lot of territory. There’s a lot more character development than one would […]

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Snarked 11 (August 2012)

Langridge goes all out this issue in terms of obviousness. It’s okay though, he’s earned the right to be forward. He deals with the Walrus’s character and the Royal Family’s family issues bluntly. And he makes great scenes out of them. In terms of the former, it’s not as blunt. There’s a great twist to […]

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Snarked 10 (July 2012)

Langridge comes up with some rather unexpected turns this issue. He opens it with a couple asides, first a reference to the occupy movement with the evil royalty back home, then the Gryphon running the pirate ship, before catching up with the main cast on Snark Island. This issue isn’t as full as the last […]

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Snarked 9 (June 2012)

This issue is gloriously full. The cast arrives on Snark Island and Langridge sets them out exploring. But the captain has been to the island before, which leads to him remembering geographic features. Then there are the bickering lion and unicorn guards, then there’s the missing king…. It goes on and on, so much so […]

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Snarked 8 (May 2012)

Langridge brings the arc–it’s a journey arc, which is somewhat unexpected since there are so few navigation references in the issues–to a close. Once again, Langridge focuses on the action of the issue. The evil Gryphon finds the heroes and sets loose a sea monster on the ship. And, once again, Langridge uses it as […]

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Snarked 7 (April 2012)

I didn’t count but I don’t think the North Pole-South Pole romance in this issue took Langridge more than seven or eight panels. Spread throughout the issue, of course. But it’s a devastating little romance. It’s sweet, heartfelt and melancholic all at once. It’s quite lovely. This issue our heroes find themselves trapped on an […]

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Snarked 6 (March 2012)

Langridge presents the heroes with a single challenge–a single one they know about, Langridge opens the issue with the Gryphon’s plotting–and, over the course of the issue, creates a second one for them. He creates it subtly, but on the page, during a big action sequence. This issue introduces a pirate ship, crewed by familiar […]

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Snarked 5 (February 2012)

Langridge sets this entire issue–with the exception of the prologue featuring the villains–aboard ship. The heroes have set sail for dreaded Snark Island, but they haven’t told the crew where they’re going yet…. There’s also the matter of sea sickness, the Cheshire Cat popping in, an angry crocodile who follows the ship and then the […]

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Adventure Time 1 (February 2012)

It’s impossible to explain Adventure Time‘s joyous insanity. The comic’s licensed–presumably the cartoon also owes a lot to “SpongeBob SquarePants” in terms of the lunacy–but the issue never feels derivative. It’s just nutty fun. It opens with an introduction to the characters, which isn’t particularly important (yet), and moves quickly into the first bit of […]

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Snarked 4 (January 2012)

This issue of Snarked takes place over a day. Langridge opens with the cast finding a place to hide and closes it with them heading towards their rendezvous. In it, Langridge introduces a new character–who seemingly is only going to be in this issue–and spends a lot of time with carefully rhyming exposition. But it’s […]

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Peanuts 1 (January 2012)

Vicki Scott writes Lucy very well. Maybe even distressingly well. Scott writes two stories this issue, one featuring Lucy trying to get a song out of her head, the other Lucy teaching the reader how to draw Charlie Brown. In the first, Paige Braddock’s charming art sort of takes over. It’s well-written, but there’s a […]

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Snarked 3 (December 2011)

Half this issue is spent with Scarlett on a mission to burgle the castle. The other half is Walrus, McDunk and the prince trying to find the quartet suitable transport. Things do not go well for either set of characters. What’s particularly nice about this issue of Snarked, besides Langridge’s wonderful panels (one of his […]

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Peanuts 0 (November 2011)

As a Peanuts fan, I was a little surprised to hear Kaboom! was doing a new series. I was hesitant, just because exploiting a franchise after its creator is gone seems… well, difficult. But, if this zero issue is any indication, Kaboom! is going to do a fine job. What’s best about the two original […]

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Snarked 2 (November 2011)

Langridge continues to build up Princess Scarlett in Snarked. She’s the only “good” person in the series, though the Walrus is showing himself to be… while not good, capable of adjusting his selfishness for the greater good. What’s most peculiar is actually how Langridge follows through on something. The issue opens with the threat of […]

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