Monday, January 3, 2022

Comics Review: EVIL ERNIE Volume 3 #2


STORY: Scott Lobdell
ART: Ariel Medel
COLORS: Candice Han
LETTERS: Dave Sharpe
EDITOR: Joseph Rybandt
COVER: Arthur Suydam
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Arthur Suydam; Philip Tan; Ken Haeser; Andrew Mangum
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (January 2022)

Rated Teen+

Evil Ernie created by Brian Pulido and Steven Hughes

Evil Ernie is a super-villain fictional character created by writer Brian Pulido and the late artist Steven Hughes.  He first appeared in Eternity Comics' Evil Ernie #1 (cover dated: December 1991).  Evil Ernie was Ernest Fairchild, a boy who became an undead psychotic killer.

Evil Ernie is now the property of Dynamite Entertainment.  The character gets a new comic book series in Evil Ernie Volume 3.  It is written by Scott Lobdell; drawn by Ariel Medel; colored by Candice Han; and lettered by Dave Sharpe.  The new series focuses on a good kid who, after being mortally wounded, must “pay down his new lease on life” by serving as a part time fixer for a death cult.

Evil Ernie Volume 3 #2 opens in Potsdam County Morgue (Potsdam, New York).  Claire, the county coroner, is trying to solve the mystery behind the dead body before her – the body of one Ernest Gleckman.  A quick trip to Potsdam University, where Ernest is … was an 18-year-old sophomore might offer some answers.  Boy, is Claire in for a surprise.

Meanwhile, Evil Ernie is running wild, so why is he having a little trouble doing his evil thang?  Why is he facing repercussions?

THE LOWDOWN:  In July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Evil Ernie Volume 3 #2, which is the second Evil Ernie comic book that I have ever read.

As someone who has ignored every single Evil Ernie comic book that I have ever encountered, I am enjoying this new series quite a bit.  Writer Scott Lobdell offers a fun story that holds onto the innocence of one character while plumbing the depths of evil and depravity of another.  It seems so appropriate, and it certainly is so fun to read.

Artist Ariel Medel captures the many moods and crazy violence of Lobdell's script, turning it into entertaining comic book storytelling.  Candice Han's colors, which I did not like in the first issue, settle in, and Dave Sharpe's letters highlight the madcap comedy.

I'm still curious to see where Scott Lobdell takes this.  I think you will, also, dear readers.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Evil Ernie will want to read Evil Ernie Volume 3.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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