Review: HA HA #5 (Image Comics)

Writer: W. Maxwell Prince
Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Letterer: Good Old Neon
On Sale: 26th May 2021

Another issue of HA HA arrives and it’s another individual tale of woe and sadness.

PLOT AND STORY

HA HA #5 is called ‘Pound Foolish Makes A Casserole’ and that is essentially the story. Pound Foolish is a retired circus clown who makes a cauliflower casserole while complaining about the changing times around her.

This series is such a unique experience that I struggle to understand the point of it but then I think that is the point. W. Maxwell Prince has created a series about sadness, loneliness, stress and sorrow and doesn’t make for happy reading. This latest issue does shine a little glimmer of hope towards the end but you must endure the sadness first to get to it. 

ARTWORK

Gabriel Hernandez Walta takes on artist duties on this issue and creates a very detailed and full comic. Every panel and every page is very busy with lots going on around our main character who ironically doesn’t actually do much at all. 

I particularly liked the pages that go back in time to see the circus our main character was part of and the use of pale, worn colours like looking at an old photograph.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

This series is a collection of short stories drawn by different artists giving a very unique and different type of comic book experience. These stories are for those people who want something different to superheroes from their comics. I think HA HA is a bespoke level of storytelling with some lovely artwork but is an acquired taste.

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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