Review: HA HA #2 (Image Comics)

Writer: W. Maxwell Prince
Artist: Zoe Thorogood
Colourist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Good Old Neon
On Sale: 17/02/2021

It’s time to put a smile on that face, because something needs to cover the bruises.

PLOT AND STORY 

Time to strap in for another heart wrenching, emotional rollercoaster. Issue #2 introduces us to Rudolph as we learn her journey through life from a troubled upbringing to the modern day struggles of just getting by. 

W. Maxwell Prince has given us two incredibly deep and troubling stories. I always try to see the light in every story and I hope to think that maybe the different characters we meet will come together and find happiness in the end. But it does have me questioning what the conclusion to this series will be and if things could possibly get any darker?

ARTWORK 

A new artist every issue can sometimes cause continuity issues but when its different stories with separate characters it seems to work. Zoe Thorogood provides the art this issue with a similar style to issue #1 but still creating the issue with it’s own distinctive imagery. The colours of Chris O’Halloran again help the two issues stay in sync with its pale, pastel tones.

The panels that stood out for me in this issue were how Zoe Thorogood managed to really capture the pain and sadness in Rudolph’s mother’s face. A couple of panels are pure close ups and they suck you into her eyes of despair. 

FINAL THOUGHTS 

HA HA is not a feel good comic as it addresses some very tough real life issues around depression, abuse and loneliness. It is however doing an excellent job at exploring these difficult subjects and is making me want to know where things are going and how the characters’ stories develop.

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

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