Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth 7 (November 2013)

289562 20131120121320 largeTodd doesn’t jump the shark with this issue; instead, Kristensen and Perker sort of hop the boat. They send Todd to Hell–literally–and he has to take Charon’s boat across the River Styx.

So, the creators aren’t exactly being exclusive–River Styx knowledge isn’t particularly high, but it’s smart. It’s a smart reference, it’s a smart turn of events. Similarly, there’s an opening reference to Jonah Hill. They just as ably make a solid pop culture reference.

Then there’s the story, which they split between Satan (in the prologue), Todd and his father and then Todd’s mother. Except the last two don’t really relate–it’s not, for instance, Todd trying to rescue his kidnapped mother.

Because Perker and Kristensen come up with something much better.

This issue has a lot of good laughs. Even better, the creators never go for the easiest joke; they always aim for higher ones.

CREDITS

Writers, M.K. Perker and Ken Kristensen; artist, Perker; colorist, Sedat Gosterikli; letterer, Pat Brosseau; publisher, Image Comics.

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