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"Tart #12" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson


Written by Kevin Joseph
Illustrated by Ludovic Salle
Lettered by DC Hopkins


It's all out war for Tart and the rest of the Toxic Acid team of supernatural time-traveling demon hunters. The forces of evil have invaded and everyone will have to work together to stop this imminent threat.

We've seen hints at this upcoming showdown for some time, so it's great to see such a huge payoff in Tart #12. This battle takes up almost the entire comic and it's a sight to behold. Writer Kevin Joseph makes it clear just how high the stakes are here, and the demonic entities are pulling no punches.

Artist Ludovic Salle continues to shine in Tart. I love the transformation of the innocent-looking young women into hardened warriors in the face of such evil. They may look adorable, but they'll slice a demon's head right off its shoulders.

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There's a variety of monsters at play in Tart #12, each more menacing than the last. As powerful as they may be, their weakness is still a knife to the throat. The big bad swirls in the center of this chaos and bloodshed. Salle makes this thing look absolutely terrifying. It's an evolution of your traditional devil into more of a warrior class with some magical elements. It all comes together in an intimidating fashion.

Letterer DC Hopkins reinforces the power on display here with strong word balloons that pop on the page. This is mirrored by the screams of the warriors as they leap into battle. It's clear that everything is on the line.

The entire battle is shrouded in an eerie red glow, like the fires of Hell are illuminating the scene. It makes for an ominous setting. Since we're dealing with time travelers, there are some interesting side quests that pop up, each with a more welcoming tone. These contrast well with the overall story running through the book.

Tart has been a wild run through time and space, not to mention good and evil. This issue marks an end, but not the end. It's the closing of the first phase of the series and it goes out with a bang. This is not all fun and games. We're dealing with life and death as the forces of Hell itself prepare to rise up to destroy everything we know and love. The only ones standing in their way are a group of young women armed to the teeth and willing to fight to the death for us all.

The creators of Tart are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of this issue.


Story: fourstars Cover
Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 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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