Dandy Don the Valiant’s Review: FINGER GUNS #2 – Daddy Issues!
Finger Guns #2
Writer: Justin Richards
Artist: Val Halvorson
Cover Artist: Val Halvorson
Publisher: Vault Comics
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Oh, hey, Mom. I’m reading another comic book by Vault Comics titled, Finger Guns #2. Oh, so you remember when I read issue #1, huh? Yeah, that was funny. You thought I was giving you the finger, but I wasn’t. I was using my finger gun. Hey, want to see who has the fastest finger gun in the house? On the count of three, we draw. Ready? 1, 2, 3! Mom, what are you doing? No, you don’t have to draw a finger gun on a piece of paper. That’s not what I meant. Oh, never mind. Geesh. Sorry about that, OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
When I saw the Vault title, Finger Guns, way back in February, I knew I had to give this series a try. It just sounded like a fun title to read. After reading it, it was definitely fun, but it was more serious than I thought it would be, and I loved it. What an original and interesting concept for a story by Justin Richards. And it works! The pandemic halted this series until the summer. It was a long wait between issues #1 and #2, but I was so glad when it returned.
Finger Guns #2 starts out with the teenaged Sadie having a talk with her school guidance counselor. While they are talking, she’s picturing in her mind what’s really going on in her home. Sadie’s father is physically abusive toward her and her mother. She was able to stop the last fight between her Mom and Dad thanks in small part to her finger gun (in a good way). She lies and tells the guidance counselor that “everything is as good as it’s ever been.” After the meeting, Sadie meets up with her friend Wes, who also has the power to use his finger gun (he can give people bad attitudes and make them lose control, which he thought was amusing). It’s never explained how they both magically got these finger gun powers, but they do start to wonder if there are more people like them. They both go to his house to play video games and listen to music. Sadie learns that Wes is lonely because his Dad is rarely home. He explains: “We used to be pretty close. We spent a lot of time together…things were better back when my Mom was still here” (she died a few years ago). Their friendship is growing, and they are learning to trust and confide in each other. So much so, that the finger guns story arc almost seems to take a backseat to their real life problems, which is a little hard to believe. I think that if most kids had a power like that, they would be experimenting with it all the time. I am willing to overlook that at the moment to see what Issue #3 will bring, especially after that cliffhanger. Whoa!
This original concept has been brilliantly crafted by Justin Richards. The beautiful art is masterfully drawn by the talented Val Halvorson, and the vivid and welcoming colors are splendidly splashed on by the gifted Rebecca Nalty. This needs to be on your pull list. So, use your finger gun and call your LCS today before everybody else beats you to the draw. It’s totally worth it!
Yes, Mom, that is a beautiful drawing of a finger gun. Yes, I guess you are the fastest finger gun drawer in the house. Oh, boy.