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"Tart #9" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Kechal Comics


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


Tart and Lemon are sent to two different ends of the earth to hunt down some of the forces of Hell threatening our plane of existence. The former tackles a group of vampires with a connection to a major American mystery while the latter searches through a war-torn village for a monster preying on the recently deceased.

Artist Ludovic Salle continues to shine in Tart. His painted artwork is absolutely gorgeous. I'm always impressed by how he can differentiate between stories. Whereas in the last issue he used a more traditional coloring style for one of the tales, this time around it all comes down to the shades used. It's even more important to distinguish them from one another here as we bounce between the two. Tart's pages are dark and shadowy as she stalks through the woods to find a horde of vampires, while Lemon's are in the heat of the desert. The thing is, they're both scary and unsettling for their own reasons.

Letterer DC Hopkins also helps in telling each sequence apart with specialized caption boxes. Tart has a little blue cupcake next to hers while Lemon has...well...a lemon. These are small details that add some more personality to the pages.

The vampires are the more traditional sort, appearing human, but with sharp fangs. Where Salle really shines is when one of the bloodsuckers is killed. It's not just a poof of smoke and ash. It's more like their whole body melts away in this really creepy manner.

Lemon's monster is a little humorous in its design, although just as deadly. I think it's a kind of jinn, which would be fitting given the setting. To be clear, this is not the Genie from Aladdin. This thing would probably suck the soul right out of your bones and laugh maniacally while doing it.

We see a more confident Tart in this issue, riding high after her recent encounter with mermaids. Writer Kevin Joseph makes a few references to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and you can definitely see that influence in this hunt. It's clear that Tart is finally getting comfortable in this gig, even though she still has a lot to learn. There's a major twist introduced here that creates a few more questions as to where she comes from and what her overall role is in this fight between good and evil.

I am fully immersed in this universe and I love every minute of it. While each chapter of Tart can be enjoyed on its own, I'm starting to see how they all piece together. I would like a bit more of an overall narrative to weave through here, especially since we're now nine issues into the series. That doesn't take away from the enjoyment of this rich mythos that we're still just getting into.

The creators of Tart are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of issue #10.


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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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