This is an interesting concept for a comic book. It’s six bucks, but it’s packed with a bunch of short stories by writer Benito Cereno and artist Nate Bellegarde, with colors from Jacob Baake.
The character, Hector Plasm, is basically, for lack of a better term, a ghostbuster. He travels the world, helping folks out with their ghost problems, which sometimes involves him having to fight a demon, but sometimes just requires him to talk with the ghosts. Stuff like that.
The first story, I thought, really was not a good one to start the collection with, as the lettering was almost indecipherable, and it didn’t do a very good job at introducing the character. I personally would have just opened with the story that introduces Hector, including his interesting power where he can control the four humors, which are black bile, yellow pile, blood and phlegm. How freaking cool is it to have a hero who can fight bad guys using his own freaking PHLEGM?!?! That is just way too cool. Throughout the book, Cereno somehow manages to come up with interesting variations on powers and motivations. You’d think all this stuff would have been done a gazillion times before (and hey, maybe he’s ripping it all off from some source I never read, but it’s new to me!), but Cereno manages to come up with some really interesting and clever powers. Including the phlegm power, of course.
So yeah, once you’ve read the story introducing Hector, the rest of the comic is just cool short stories featuring Hector. Nate Bellegarde’s art reminds me a lot of Tony Moore, which is a good thing, because Tony Moore rocks.
The sweet looking cover is courtesy of Cory Walker.
Most of these stories were back-ups in Invincible or features in anthologies, but they’re re-tooled (and in some cases colored) for this collection.
My favorite story is the one about the Civil War home. Some interesting dialogue and a classic ending.
However, all the stories (okay, I was not a fan of the first one, as mentioned before, even though the “twist” was interesting) were fun.
Good artwork and a fun, madcap writing style makes Hector Plasm a really fun book that you can really get into. The price is steep, but there’s a lot of stories in there!
I would recommend it without reservation.
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