Review: HA HA #1 (Image Comics)

Writer: W. Maxwell Prince
Artist: Vanesa Del Rey
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Good Old Neon
On Sale: 13/01/2021

HA HA is an emotional roller coaster as what begins a light hearted tale goes very dark, very quickly.

PLOT AND STORY 

I will admit HA HA was not on my radar until my comic preview email came through from Image Comics. I always try to read an issue #1 to see if it grabs my attention and HA HA did that very quickly.

This is a book that will get compared to The Killing Joke or the movie The Joker and I think it’s a fair comparison. I took a real Joker vibe from this but not just because the main character portrays a clown. It’s the happy go lucky, simplistic persona of our main protagonist that reminded me of Joaquin Phoenix’s performance and like the film things steadily go wrong for him.

Writer W. Maxwell Prince has created quite a depressing tale here but also a very endearing one. We are given a good look into the mindset of the main character Bart but I’m really keen to see how the events from this issue change his outlook on life and what path he goes down.

ARTWORK

With quite a bleak story our artistic team of Vanesa Del Rey and Chris O’Halloran complemented this brilliant. Bart looks at life very positively but everything around him is miserable and that is ever present on every page. Be it his dark home with cobwebs in every corner or the run down amusement park he works at. 

Bart’s positive outlook and his miserable looking life makes the reader really question his state of mind. It’s towards the end of the issue when his mind is definitely playing tricks on him that the artwork starts to shine. In sync with the story we start to see things in a more animated state and the final few pages start to pop with colour and unique images.

FINAL THOUGHTS

A really interesting opening issue packed with emotion and heartache. A comic book telling a story about someone’s everyday struggles in love and life.

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Image Comics and received no incentive to review this comic.

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