Issue: Bob Howard: Plumber of the Unknown #1
Writer: Rafael Nieves
Artist: Dan Dougherty
Publisher: Nieves + Dougherty
Printer: Silver Phoenix Entertainment
Release Date: August 2010
“His mission: to save the world (and sewers and pipes) from things that go ‘shlurp’ in the night!“
Artwork: 4.0 out of 5
Have you ever wondered what a Vignoctopussy looks like? Really? Well I have and guess what, now I know. Thanks go to awesome brain to hand work of Dan Dougherty we can now all prepare for what these horrible creatures look like. So what else can you expect from this issue? Some really great looking panel work, nice black and white pages and some ass kicking action. I loved the full page spreads as they told my eyes a fight was about to go down. Nothing deep in detail but it delivers what is needed to make this one visually appealing.
Story: 4.0 out of 5
I will start with my one and only problem, if Bob is a plumber, why is he killing rats? (My problem was solved by the writer pointing out my lack of attention to detail. See comments below.) Alright, phew… that was rough to get out there, but now we can move forward. This book is so much fun on the bun that you will be begging for more when your done. Comprised of two short stories I just fell in love with our mute protagonist. The stories packed enough punch to leave me craving more. The dialogue is funny and the concept works so well. I want more now!
Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
So here’s what I want to do. I want to go buy the largest pipe wrench I can find, a pair of overalls and then shave the middle of my head, because I want to be Bob Howard for Halloween. The artwork and story go hand in hand on this one as humor and action collide. I am just going to make it clear right now that I want a 150 page collection of shorts centered around Bob. I have read this issue twice already and I don’t see an end in sight. This is well worth the green as it emits an odorless visual stimulant that your brain will fall in love with. MUST BUY MORE BOB!!!!!
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