The Derogatory Tales of Franklin Ghost are nonstop fun
Story: Garrett Gunn
Art: Nic Touris
Letters: Rob Cannon
In the process of having done reviews for comics that are chosen from a list of material, I am STOKED (yes I said stoked) to introduce readers here (on my own behalf) to The Derogatory Tales of Franklin and Ghost by Garrett Gunn. Let me say that there is so much “YES!” in these pages I don’t know where to start. Should it be that I almost thought it was going to be a kid-friendly comic until..ohhh…page 1? Or perhaps the awesomeness that comes with an anthropomorphic anti-hero(ish) main character and a badass floating skull? I was gonna give you the story synopsis in my own words, but when you have a comic writer like Garrett at the wheel…I really can’t put it any better than he has himself.
“In a last ditch effort to see more of the universe before accepting their inevitably boring lives as miners on their home planet Defilion, Franklin and Ghost steal a ship and head out for one last adventure.When they accidentally crash to Earth, they seek shelter in the bodies of a couple unsuspecting hosts. Hell bent on having a good time, Franklin and Ghost team up for the rage-filled quest of a lifetime. But if they aren’t careful, they may leave a bloody trail of bread crumbs easily followed by those who would seek to destroy them for disobeying interplanetary protocol.”
I haven’t had actual fun reading a comic in quite a long time. I’ve been enthralled, interested, entertained, and even titillated, but the fun factor in comics has escaped me and I didn’t even realize it until I picked up this comic at a recent convention I went to. Definitely made me miss the days of reading TMNT and other titles with characters that make me relive my childhood.
Oh man! I have nothing but awesome stuff to say about this! I found myself shocked a couple times, and a few belly laughs escaped me as well as this first issue really didn’t hesitate to let you know what it was all about. No punches pulled, and no subtlety when it came to the graphic interactions between characters. I will say that having met Garrett, his charisma and sense of humor are DEFINITELY prevalent on every panel. The smoothness of the read really had me wondering how I had already finished the issue and not realized it. The artist Nic Touris has an impressive style that really meshes well with Garrett’s vision and you can tell they really work together well. Letterer Rob Cannon did a great job as well in that EVERY panel is clearly translated and well laid out, making for that smooth read I was talking about earlier. Even though this is a first issue I was even excited to see artwork done by other artists on the back pages of the issue. You can bet your furry tail I’ll be anxious to get the future issues and even more honored to review them for you as well.
Don’t let this comic slip through your fingers and catch the first issue at: https://www.ratsandcrowspublishing.com/product-page/the-derogatory-tales-of-franklin-and-ghost-1
And if you have a second you may be able to catch Garrett on various social media under the handle: @somewriterguy.
Believe me when I say you wont go un-entertained or underappreciated as Garrett is about as genuine as they come.