Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Comics Review: "EVIL ERNIE Volume 3 #3" - Even Ernie Gets Some Evil


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; Stuart Sayger;
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (February 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 Ernest Gleckman, 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.  Of course, he must also serve Evil Ernie.

As Evil Ernie Volume 3 #3 opens, Smiley the Psychotic Button is regaling Ernest with the history of Evil Ernie and “Mistress Mayhem.”  How does the past affect young Mr. Gleckman?  Well, it isn't being too snarky to say that the past is going medieval on his ass.

Meanwhile, a sinister new player enters the maelstrom of Potsdam, New York.  Plus, Ernest's friend, Candice, tries to help him, but is she just putting herself in (im)mortal danger?

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 #3, which is the third Evil Ernie comic book that I have ever read.

As I said in my review of the previous issue, writer Scott Lobdell is offering a really fun read with this series.  It's not some great work of art, but I enjoy it quite a bit.  I like the idea that even Evil Ernie is in danger.  Artist Ariel Medel is always pumping up the crazy; the storytelling is good, but the gore gives the narrative a demented edge.

I'm still curious to see where Scott Lobdell takes this, and enjoy the interplay of Ernest and Ernie's personalities.  I think readers who try this comic book will likely stay around for bit

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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