Review: HA HA #3 (Image Comics)

Writer: W. Maxwell Prince
Artist: Roger Langridge
On Sale: 24/03/2021

Some of the most powerful stories are told without words.

PLOT AND STORY

This will be one of the hardest comics I have ever had to review because there are now words. HA HA #3 depicts the story of a mime struggling to make a living.

Writer W. Maxwell Prince has fully embraced the actions of a mime and given the artists all the work in telling the story. I am amazed at how well this issue actually works by visual interpretation alone and still manages to engage the reader.

ARTWORK 

Full credit to Roger Langridge who has created a wonderful, fun and upbeat looking comic while telling such a sad and depressing story. 

Reading this at times feels like watching a cartoon because of its crisp colours and bold outlined characters. I especially like how well he captures the emotion on the mime face which is really important because that plays the largest element in telling the story.

FINAL THOUGHTS

HA HA continues to amaze me in how emotionally charged these stories are. I told someone recently that HA HA is a beautifully depressing story and I can’t think of a better way to summarise this. Tragedy and sorrow told in a colourful visual medium sells the reader one thing but delivers something else, the harsh realities of life.

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Image Comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All images and artwork are courtesy of Image comics and their respective owners.

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