Review: Ha Ha #4 (Image Comics)

Writer: W. Maxwell Prince
Artist: Patrick Horvath
Letterer: Good Old Neon
On Sale: 21st April 2021

Its HA HA #4 with Gustav in the world of floating objects. 

PLOT AND STORY

Reading this series feels like going on some weird drug infused trip because every issue is as weird as it is beautiful. W. Maxwell Prince is telling individual stories, almost one shots with each issue and demonstrating that not every comic book needs to be about superheroes.

This issue tells the story of a clown who is shrunk and finds himself floating inside a helium balloon. What the story explores at a much deeper level is someone dealing with alcoholism and their inner demons. Every issue in this story on the surface looks like a fun, jovial story with a funny circus character but underneath always harbours a dark story with a very adult theme.

ARTWORK

This is a special comic with every page being drawn completely in watercolour by Patrick Horvath who is a filmmaker, director and storyboard artist and does a wonderful job with the illustration. The artwork flows perfectly with the story as its maintains the fun, light hearted theme but when it needs to get dark it certainly does.

Good Old Neon adds the letters to the pages with subtle and well placed text using pastel colours to blend nicely with the art.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Ha Ha is quite a unique series in that every issue is unrelated to the last which is good for the casual reader who can pick them up in any order. For those reading the series in order will notice a slightly darker tone develop as the series progresses. For those that like a different style of comic and want a break from capes and cowls but still want to see well told stories unfold then Ha Ha is a perfect series for you.

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

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