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"The Long Con #8" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Oni Press

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Written by Dylan Meconis & Ben Coleman
Illustrated by EA Denich
Colored by Fred C. Stresing
Lettered by Aditya Bidikar
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 10th, 2019


Continuity has never been more important or terrifying as Des and Flix are pulled in front of the Supreme Quantum Redux Canon Court of the Great and Eternal Skylarks Franchise and the honorable Judge Flavia Happenstance. You've heard and seen arguments between fanboys about their favorite comics, books, and TV shows, but nothing like this. These are life and death stakes and if Des wants to get out of this post-apocalyptic comic convention and back to civilization, she's going to have to think quick.

While there are certainly some deadly and frightening elements within The Long Con, it finds a humorous way to get through them. The resolution to this canonical court case is probably the most hilarious one yet. It's completely unexpected, but in hindsight is the only possible answer. Artist EA Denich builds up to it with some heated and violent arguments before abruptly changing the art style for one simply gorgeous shot.

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The sheer lunacy of the court is amplified by letterer Aditya Bidikar, showing how the characters hold this in such high esteem with large, bolded text. I almost expected to hear the theme song for Law & Order play after the judge was introduced.

Since these people have been living at the convention center for a few years, they've definitely seen better days. Colorist Fred C. Stresing creates a gritty look and feel to the characters and this setting, adding to that post-apocalyptic tone. The sun doesn't shine this deep into the building and it shows.

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The Long Con is interspersed with segments of classic – and some not-so-classic – scenes from The Skylarks. These show what a clean, utopian world the TV shows and movies were. They were such an ideal that has been squandered in reality by the fans that are running it into the ground.

The Long Con is more than a little absurd, but it never stops being fun. It plays with the sillier aspects of fandom without making fun of it. Instead, it shows how ridiculous some of us can be when we obsess over the minute details of our favorite franchises. Are these things really worth coming to blows over? In this case, where the convention has become the entire world for thousands of fans, it might be.


Story: fourstars Cover
Buy from Amazon US
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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