Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Grizzlyshark Review (Ryan Ottley, Ivan Plascencia)

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise… In a world where sharks live in the forest and terrorise tourists, two hicks called Carl and Jonbobby, along with Seabear (because bears live in the sea in this kerazy topsy-turvy world), will take it upon themselves to rid the world of the Grizzlyshark infestation of the National Parks! 

Invincible artist Ryan Ottley’s Grizzlyshark is a one-joke comic that, like all one-joke comics, becomes repetitive and dull quite quickly. In the same tone of intentionally cheesy movies like Sharknado, Grizzlyshark is all about the wacky concept rather than anything else like story or characters. 

The book is mostly imagery of sharks taking bites out of campers and that’s it. Really, it’s just one scene after another of people in the woods in one panel then being eaten in the next. Ho hum. The whole “hunting the Grizzlysharks” storyline is more of an afterthought. 

The visuals are very graphic and violent which makes it a bit more interesting and Batman colourist Ivan Plascencia’s colours look fantastic. But despite being a short book at roughly 80 pages, it still seems overlong for what it is: a silly joke idea for a comic that was only sorta funny the first time. I feel like if Ottley wasn’t friends with Robert Kirkman Image would never have published this.

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