Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Comics Review: "EVIL ERNIE Volume 3 #5" Ends in Love and Death


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; Jamie Biggs; Meghan Hetrick; Stuart Sayger
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (April 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 Evil Ernie.

As Evil Ernie Volume 3 #5 opens, Evil Ernie and Ronique a.k.a. “Mistress Mayhem”/Death are reunited.  And to celebrate, Ronique has thrown Candace, Ernest's girlfriend, over the dam where she is currently plunging to her death...  Candace's death would be inevitable except that Ernest now has some say in when Ernie is in charge of their body.  It seems that the stirring in his loins has given the good kid some bad control.  Now, the questions is what does that do to Ernie and Ronique's centuries old complicated relationship?

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 #5, which is the fifth Evil Ernie comic book that I have ever read.

Writer Scott Lobdell brings Dynamite's rebirth of Evil Ernie to an end … at least, the first chapter, and it was a fun read.  Lobdell even provides a happy ending, a meeting of the minds that will result in many happy returns from potential follow-up series.

Artist Ariel Medel's punk-inspired storytelling made this not only a delightful and breezy read, but also a gleefully wicked read.  Medel's illustrations yield the kind of dynamic graphical storytelling that Stan Lee championed.  Medel makes every panel matter, and his compositions pop with electricity.  Candace Han's sharp colors make them pop off the page.  Dave Sharpe's lettering and effects add the finishing touches to the maniacal vibe here.

I would like to see this creative team return for more.  That's up to you, 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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