Sunday, October 9, 2022

Review of "Womp Womp, Issue 2," by Brandon Lehmann

 Review of

Womp Womp, Issue 2, by Brandon Lehmann

Four out of five stars

Good comics, repetitive images

 While the short stories in this collection of graphic stories are good, they suffer from the issue of having repetitive images with few things other than the dialog balloons changed. For example, the first story is about the invention of the making of bread. There are 18 captions that have the same two men in the foreground with the same two people in the background. There are no discernable changes in the background and the position of the arms of the two main characters does change. Specifically, the arms of the character on the left. The topic of how complex the operation of baking bread and how the discovery of the process was not an easy task is one that is interesting. It was no doubt a series of trials and likely accidents that led to the development of the process.

 The second story is a short one that is right out of the story by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Cask of Amontillado.” There are nine captions with a man holding a mason’s trowel and leaning against a half-finished brick wall and speaking to someone on the other side. In this case, the topic is not wine, but the usefulness of walls.

 Some of the other stories offer social commentary about commercials for pharmaceuticals, men with their shirts off, book reports in school and a spoof of the Hercule Poirot character from Agatha Christie novels. While some are simplistic, others require knowledge of various literary works in order to understand them. It is a fun book and a quick read.

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