Frank Frazetta’s Neanderthal

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2009 | Image

Story: Chris Ryall | Jay Fotos
Script: Chris Ryall
Art: Tim Vigil | Jay Fotos

Other than preview issues and other cheap comics with interesting covers, the one shot is my other weakness.

This story begins 40,000 years ago during the middle Paleolithic era in Kalanaan. A Neanderthal lies in wait of his prey, a large sabre-toothed lion. On his way carrying it home, he sees something which causes him to drop his hunt and run to his tribe. There he has difficulties explaining what he had seen. When he draws it upon the cave walls, the others express varying emotion. The men gather their weapons and go to the site where he dropped the hunt. There, they encounter more civilized men with spears, bows and dressed in better clothing.  It is then we see the cave drawing.

The art of this book is pretty good, and without much dialogue, we’ve only got the art to tell the story which it does a rather good job of. Though, this isn’t anything spectacular. Reaching the end, my reaction was more of an “oh..” than a “wow” and that “oh” was hardly worth four dollars, especially since it’s just a one-shot. If there were a few more issues, i might not have felt quite so cheated, as this was interesting enough for me to probably get the next issue. Only, it isn’t.

This book isn’t entirely worthless. It was a nice ride following the panels, seeing the emotions of the Neanderthal’s faces, their frustration and struggles. It’s the ending that pretty much kills it. A stick figure drawing of the evolution of man. very clever. *yawn* This is what I get, four dollars for wit I’ve seen executed in other ways by newspaper comic strips but with far less panels and less violence.

Oh well, at least it kept me entertained for five minutes.

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