I HAVE A SPECIAL INDIE COMIC REVIEW!
The story isn’t absolutely clear in this issue, although it moves briskly. Fairgray spends little time setting up the story. Instead, he gets right to the adventure of two kids looking for a “dinosaur” loose in their city. You have a good sense of how tongue-in-cheek this comic will be when you realize the name of this town is “Freak Out City.” This is even clearer when you notice the newspaper retelling a recent “octopus attack.” The dialogue is fun without getting far off track. Meanwhile, the pacing is brisk and starts pulling you in when a person in an inflatable dinosaur suit is trying to get a burrito from a vending machine. (Seriously!)
Fairgray also does the art and it is fun. The outer lines are thin, as well as the detail work. Moreover, he uses just enough detail to imply textures. While the character faces are reminiscent of a Saturday morning cartoon, they are expressive. The action is easier to follow than some comics from the major publishers.
There is something about Blastosaurus that feels semi-serious while being very aware of how bonkers comic books can be without being over the top or losing focus on the story. My only concern is that readers may not always get that this comic is its own adventure while poking fun at comic book adventures and cliches. This comic isn’t just worth a look. It is worth going through with a magnifying glass to see all of the fun details and in-jokes.
This comic is available through Golden Apple Books. Take some time and give it a read.