Dandy Don the Valiant’s Review: THE MAKERS #2 – Who’s the Boss?
The Makers #2
Writer: Dave Howlett
Artist: Dave Howlett
Publisher: Pasketti Western
Pick up The Makers #2 here!
Oh, hey, Mom. After reading The Makers #1, I went and interviewed Dave Howlett about the first issue of his brand new series. Once I finished that, I immediately started reading The Makers #2. He’s got a great story unfolding there. What story did I tell you? No, Mom, I never told you a story about me moving out of your basement decades ago. No, I didn’t! But, don’t worry, I’ll move out someday. Yes, I will! Geesh! Sorry about that, OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
I remember when seven Marvel employees left to form their very own comic book company called Image Comics in 1992. That historic move changed comics forever, in more ways than one. It left such an impact on Dave Howlett, that he decided to write a fictional story about that historic moment and mixed it with some science fiction elements. The result is a brilliant new comic book series called, The Makers (Paskettiwestern Productions).
The Makers #2 starts out with the Upstarts, a Youngblood type superhero group, appearing on the scene to help another hero named Cinder take on Megacyde, a super-villain. Then all of a sudden, the scene is shifted to The Top Five, who have been taken captive by The Makers (see The Makers #1). The Top Five, as they are affectionately known, are five people who formed their own comic book company called Attitude Comics, the same company that created the Upstarts, Cinder, and Megacyde. During their comic con panel celebrating their 25th year anniversary, the Makers showed up and teleported themselves and The Top Five out of the convention, leaving the comic con crowd stunned. In this issue, they appear in a round white room with pictures of their comic book series displayed on the walls. The lead female of the Makers notices that they have become agitated (well, yeah, getting kidnapped will do that to you) and states that she will be back later and vanishes. Towards the end of this issue, The Makers finally reveal what they want with Top Five. We also get to read more about Attitude Comics superheroes, the Upstarts and Cinder. If that wasn’t enough action for you, we are treated to flashbacks on how The Top Five got together all those many years ago. There is a lot going on here with three different story lines running, but they run together perfectly. That cliffhanger! Oh, my! And that Doomsday Diatribes letter page at the end is hilarious (and informative). If you are familiar with the history of comics, you will catch a lot of the pop culture references running throughout this issue with a science fiction arc weaved in. I think it’s brilliant!
Dave Howlett does it all here. He is the creator, writer, and artist on this issue and he does it well. He has spun a yarn that is interesting, intriguing, funny, and worthy to be on the shelves with all the other comic books. If you want something a little different, with real pop culture history influences and innuendos being stitched into a fictional science fiction comic book story, this is worth picking up. I’m looking forward to issue #3 to see how The Top Five are going to deal with that stunning revelation. WOW!
What’s that, Mom? You’re going to let me borrow some money to help me move out of the house? Thanks, Mom, but I don’t think $5 is going to help me out too much. Oh, boy.