"Nanny & Hank #1" Comic Review
Written by James "Spez" Ferguson
Published by Bluewater Comics
Written by Mark L. Miller
Illustrated by Steve Babb
2010, 23 pages
Comic released on June 9th, 2010
Everything seems normal in the lives of Ann and Hank. They've been married for years and they're both in their 70s. They're planning a trip to see their grandchildren in Ohio but have a lot to do before they leave their home in Florida. They have to pack and set the light timers and make sure the neighbor checks in on the house. Hank has to pick up the RV. Unfortunately on his way home with said RV, he runs down a drunk vampire who's been having quite a rough night.
This is the setup for Nanny & Hank. It is a vampire story with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek and it works wonderfully. During this first issue we're introduced to this sweet elderly couple that are still bright and peppy in their old age. This makes the events at the tail end of the comic even more frightening.
I both love and hate the art by Steve Babb. If this was in any other book, I would despise it, but when accompanied by Mark L. Miller's story it just fits. Sure, there are guys that have massive Popeye arms and for some reason most of the men are drawn with red noses that would make them look drunk in any old cartoon, but it works. Babb uses proportions as playthings and he's not afraid to turn them upside down.
There are many moving parts in Nanny & Hank and this first issue is just getting them all started up. Our main characters are going to have to deal with a major change in their lives. The vampire is going to have to answer to the council. The council is probably going to want to speak with Ann and Hank. Finally, Ann and Hank are going to have a lot of explaining to do when they get to Ohio. Miller is crafted a great story here and I'm looking forward to seeing where it ends up.
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