Issue Number: 3
Page Count: 24pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Blue Water Comics
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: October 9, 2013
Writer(s): Mel Smith, Paul H. Birch
Artist(s): Manuel Martinez, Gattling Melvyn, Mats Engesten, Roland Bird
Letterer: Owen Watts
Jumping in at issue three of any serial is bound to have its problems, but I ran into more than a handful with The Final Death Race. The cover deftly nods to just the kind of action and violence the title would suggest, and never fear! There’s plenty more of that to be found throughout the issue. The story follows the REAL Frankenstein as the S&M mask-wearing, death racing President of the United States. It would seem that he had been ousted by a corrupt regime and is now using death racing to reclaim the oval office (or something).
The story suffers from a fair few pitfalls, though:
- There was more than one typo, and some of the dialogue is sloppy and does not flow. Characters spout non-sequiturs, weak insults, and one-liners and remain two-dimensional (c’mon, editors!)
- Either the e-format mixes pages up or there is some seriously disjointed storytelling going on. Did Frankenstein choose to vacate the presidency or was there actually a coup?
- Are there no laws against kidnapping and murder because LONG LIVE DEATH RACE?
- What is the structure of this race, anyway? Is there a prize?
And what purpose does Frank’s buxom sidekick serve other than to provide eye candy and innuendo? Why and how did Frankenstein become the President? So many questions!
I was intrigued by the premise, but I can’t say I loved the book. The one thing that grabbed me was the cliffhanger at the end – CYBORG ARM! – and I’m not sure what it all means! It did prove to be an interesting attempt at suspension of disbelief for me, though.