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"Osaka Mime" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Behemoth Comics

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Written by Andy Leavy
Illustrated by Hugo Araujo
Lettered by Robin Jones
2021, 79 Pages
Comic released on May 19th, 2021

Review:

The Supernatural Unit of the Osaka Police Department deals with all kinds of nasties that go bump in the night from vampires to werewolves, but the real deadly ones are...mimes?! These aren't the silent guys in white face paint that get stuck in invisible boxes. They're shapeshifters that take on the forms of people after brutally murdering them.

Yanada is the seasoned pro on the force and he gets stuck with the rookie partner, Naito. The two learn a bit about each other and the job as they pursue this mime. They're in it for different reasons, which writer Andy Leavy reveals over the course of this graphic novel. It doesn't take long for the rules of this world to get established. It's like a supernatural version of Men in Black, although a lot more serious and no one is singing a catchy rap song about them.

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Much of the detective work in Osaka Mime comes down to brute force and asking a computer where to go next. Yanada and Naito grasp at straws as this mime kills people seemingly at random. Since we don't really know why the mime does this and there's no development of it, the creature comes through more like a wild animal or a force of nature. The story lacks a bit of depth in this regard.

There's a lot to digest in Osaka Mime and letterer Rob Jones handles this well. I like how the word balloons aren't usually in the traditional oval shapes, but usually more angular. It fits with the gritty aesthetic.

Hugo Araujo's artwork drives home that tone well. It has all the makings of a hard-boiled detective tale with a grim tone that lines up well with the black-and-white palette. The mime is a particular standout, as it looks so very unnatural. It's slick and a little formless, allowing it to change its shape as needed. You know from the moment you see it that this is a deadly creature.

Osaka Mime presents a supernatural take on the detective thriller. Instead of hunting metaphorical monsters, Yanada and Naito are searching for literal ones. The mime is just one of them and it's clear there's quite a lot to keep this team busy.

Grades:

Story: threestars Cover
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Art: threeandahalfstars
Overall: 3 Star Rating

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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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