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"Tart #8" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson


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


Tart's adventures through time have taken her to some strange places, but this latest locale just might take the cake. She's in a desolate land, protecting a tribe from what looks like one of the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse. Meanwhile, Gloom Tangerine has a mission in Naples with a few gremlins. The Toxic Fruit Organization has its hands full.

What really stands out in every single issue of Tart is how vast this world is. Creators Kevin Joseph and Ludovic Salle give us these glimpses into the vast tapestry at work with each chapter and this one is no different. Each issue is like a piece of the puzzle and we're slowly getting a look at the overall narrative. This is fascinating to dissect and it lends itself to multiple readings as a result.

Salle offers two unique art styles for the stories included in Tart #8. The first is more of what we've come to expect from Tart, with gorgeous water colors and flowing forms. You can see how Salle has continued to improve as an artist over the life of this series and he's firing on all cylinders here. In case you need an example of this, just check out that Horseman. Holy crap, is that thing terrifying. Both the rider and the horse are one entity made of sinew, armor, and teeth. Oh, and the mouth is not where you'd expect it to me. This unnatural figure silently stalks its prey, ready to devour it whole. Fortunately, Tart is pretty well-versed in fighting monsters.

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Tart doesn't speak during this battle either; however, she offers an internal narration, shown in caption boxes with cupcake icons from letterer DC Hopkins. These provide an idea of her personality and show how, despite her frequent encounters with creatures like this, she's still a little weirded out by them.

The story with Gloom has a lighter vibe shown in an almost cartoonish look. Much of the difference here comes in the colors which are shown in a more traditional style yet with the same vibrant quality we've come to expect from the series. This works well with the humorous nature of Gloom's battle against 13 little gremlins before hitting a more somber note by the end of the tale. That's where the water colors come back in and it's a great fit.

Tart continues to expand and reveal new aspects to this fascinating universe. This book is packed with heart, intrigue, and terror all wrapped in a gorgeous package. It's a stand-out title that has layers upon layers.


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Overall: 4.5 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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