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ADVANCE REVIEW: Ludocrats #3 – the lunacy lingers and I’m still at a loss: what's going on here?

Written by Kieron Gillen and Jim Rossignol, Art by Jeff Stokely, Colours by Tamra Bonvillain.

Back last month when I reviewed issue 2, I complimented it overall. Saying it was better and more coherent than issue 1. This month, unfortunately it seems to have been a little mix from both issue one and two. Just when I think I’m getting to know what’s going on and where we are heading, I get thrown a curve ball and I’m back to scratching my head again. Now, I can’t deny that the characters that have been created are masterfully ludicrous (pun intended), however it feels like we are constantly missing key items or plot points.

After being freed by Otto, Gratty demands that she is tortured to reveal the plans that the hyper pope has been up to. Otto, being unable to control his sexual desires, breaks her free and they cause vast amounts of destruction during their frolicking. Once the gang knows, it is then down to them to hunt down the hyper pope and find out exactly what’s going on.

Jeff Stokely’s art has been rather consistent through the run so far. This issue seems to be better than ever. He and Tamra Bonvillain have created some beautiful panels that don’t just pop, but jump off the page.

In regards to Gillen’s writing. We meet the narrator for the second time. Which at first I thought was a great touch as he started to explain what was happening. However, he’s swiftly booted from the panel in a fourth wall break that seems more reductive. It’s played off as a quick cheap joke than anything meaningful or especially funny.

So here we are, 60% of the way through the series. I’m not fully aware of what’s going on. The visuals are great but I don’t think it’s doing enough for me. So I’m starting to wonder, if this is an example of a book that’s not as well executed as it could be, or are my expectations from the writer too high. Having said that, this is a more balanced book than the previous 2. So maybe the final issues will deliver something special. I do hope to be proven wrong, that this book will in fact craft the final two issues into something extravagant and yet also challenging. Although it does have to be said that even Image's description of the book on their website says:

LUDOCRATS, the comic that makes its whole creative team shout, 'Oh God. What have we done? Why didn't anyone stop us?' on a monthly basis.”

I will continue to carry on with this book in the hope that something comes out of it. I’ve never quit a book before the end of an arc and I will not start that now.

I hope that anyone reading this book is getting more from it than I am.

Ludocrats #3 will be available from 15th July at your local comic shop as well as comixology

Recommended Reading:

Ludocrats #1-2

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