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Steve Rude's The Moth #1

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2004
By: Ray Tate



"Sweet Land and Liberty"

Writer: Gary Martin
Artists: Steve Rude(p), Gary Martin(i), Glenn Whitmore(c)
Publisher: Dark Horse

I really want to like The Moth. Steve Rude's artwork has not changed. It still stuns the reader per panel, and the idea of the Moth interests. The Moth is a burly tough guy who has inherited a circus. He tries to supplement their income through the bounty hunting, and his suit, which is laced with equipment, is part of his acrobatic act.

Gary Martin's script lets down the premise and makes this an if-the-artist-left-book. If Steve Rude decided to leave the Moth, nobody but nobody would care if this title existed.

The first fecal joke on page eight paves the way for crap yet to come. Maybe it's just me, but I loathe scatological humor.

"What color are your eyes, Jimmy?"
"Huh?"
"You heard me!"
"Ah...Blue."
"They should be brown cause you're full of sh--"

Sigh. It's not even original. The chap the Moth makes with the unfunny is a Bendis styled low-life whose very other word is poorly masked profanity.

A child's play assignment is made difficult by the Moth's competition Hector Delgado. Martin makes him sound like Speedy Gonzales only with more emphasis on broken English and less emphasis on style.

Ultimately the biggest tear in the Moth's wing is that it's difficult to care about anybody in the book. The Venus Williams light super-hero American Liberty is too much of an unknown. The Weasel is scum. Delgado is a low-life, and the Moth doesn't do anything particularly noble, nor does he exhibit that much acumen.



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