Review: TERRIBLE LIZARD #1

STK655786TERRIBLE LIZARD #1
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Drew Moss
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: November 5, 2014

Cullen Bunn and Drew Moss are bringing the most notable creature of the past into the future in the entertaining first issue of Terrible Lizard!

Cullen Bunn has got an all-ages winner here that is safe for kids and has a lot for adults to enjoy as well. Terrible Lizard is a fun adventure book featuring the titular terrible lizard, a spunky teen and some hilarious military operatives. Bunn shows the wide range of his skills with this one, handling this family-friendly book as well as he does some of his horror and cape work. The dialogue is perfect for the age of the the protagonist, Jess, and her interactions with her father hit the mark perfectly. This story is full of energy and the youthful vibrance of Jess emanates from the pages. This story is very likable and it’s light take on a monster story is fun to read.

Drew Moss’ pencil work gives these characters a ton of life. The characters leap from the page and the energy in Moss’ pencils makes this comic a lot of fun. He does a great job of making Jess the focus of the panels she appears in and once the Lizard himself hits the book, it gets really impressive! Moss’ greatest accomplishment is how much chemistry he pencils between Jess and Wrex, the two making sense together on the page immediately. His work with huge monsters is going to make this comic a ton of fun going forward, and it looks like he’s being given the room to really cut loose. Ryan Hill’s colours are engaging and vibrant, highlighting the strength of Moss’ pencils and setting a fun tone for this comic.

Terrible Lizard #1 is a ton of fun. Hand this comic to a young one in your life, or better yet, read it with them – if I were a betting man I’d wager you’ll enjoy it! Bunn, Moss and Hill have got a fun story on their hands that is accessible for everyone and those kinds of comics don’t come along every day.

The Verdict: 9.0/10

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