Taking an even deeper turn for the weird, we meet up with our titular spirit detective as his search for the bog man gets increasingly complicated. Drumhellar is a constant explosion of color and crazy, even if the hard-to-follow story goes nowhere.
Rossmo really brings the entire creation to life. His swirly, no-boundaries art gives each of the characters a full personality and a tinge of realism (which isn’t easy to do in a story like this one). I’m thankful for that, because they could have easily been lost between the exploding cattle and teenage-mall-massacre scenes. Alex Link continues to give us just enough, although I hope we get a few issues that flesh out Drum’s murky past. The dialogue between him and Padma flows really well, and Harold is perfect as comic relief. Names gets thrown around more than new faces actually get introduced, so it might help to re-read the previous issue (and stick with this plan in the future).
I truly have no clue where this series is headed once their bizarre little world is built. Drum has a deeper side to him that hints at a layered, thoughtful perspective developing. Drumhellar could really benefit from that direction. Art wise, the splash pages involving the human meat food court (needs to be seen to be believed) are the highlight of the issue, along with some creative vision that puts us in both Drum’s head and the scene playing out. Finding all of the hints and clues strewn throughout the story is another strength credited to the artwork.
Rossmo and Link have a long and twisted road for this series, starting with two strong issues. While definitely not for the mainstream, anyone with a penchant for the macabre should get a kick out of it. Grotesquely beautiful artwork, fresh dialogue and funny characterization make this another winner. As long as some slight confusion doesn’t bother you, pick it up horror fans!
Alex Smith is a news and reviews writer for Capeless Crusader. When not wasting away in class, he spends all his free time with comics, movies, and video games, and has been since birth. He can spend hours discussing Saga, Hawkeye, or Game of Thrones. Lying Cat’s number one fan. Random brain thoughts: @imapensfan