Are you fond of the luxurious, highly saturated colors and slo-mo, close-up disemboweling portrayed every week on the NBC television program Hannibal? Then have I got the comic for you! It involves loads of explicitly murdered children, a hero who dresses like a hot dog, and the interplanetary menace of a bald-headed bug-wrangler named Dr.Strange! From planet Plexis!
|Never mind the giant bugs, kid, you've|
got some major self-esteem issues.
Of less interest to Dan's deductive abilities is that the children are being horribly murdered by enormous insects, each at least as large as an English Sheepdog. The readers aren't spared this revelation, and unfortunately we're subjected to the sight of the junior misters and misses eating the business end of a piercing mouth part. Over the course of the short story, we see one bona fide infant stabbed through the stomach by something which resembles a cross between a giraffe and a coffee bean, a pair of precocious grade schoolers stabbed through the abdomen while they rest in their comfy beds and, lastly, a beauty pageant preschooler assassinated in silhouette.
Just in case these weren't unsettling enough images, we're also not spared the sight of the horrified parents stumbling across the picked-clean corpses of their own children, reduced by the rampaging bugs to mere skeletons.
So this is a charming story.
|Is it a paintbrush? A spatula? What is Hot Stuff throwing here?|
Hastings tracks Strange to his lair (rescuing his kidnapped girlfriend along the way, since her pop happens to be in the Academy too) and, dressed like a bottle of sriracha, tackles every enormous beetle Dr.Strange has on hand. And that's a lot of enormous beetles!
Also in Dr.Strange's ammunition belt is his "Dissolving Cream," the fluid which turned so many toddlers into bones, and which he makes the mistake of triumphantly holding over his head as he crows to Hastings about his inevitable victory. I'm still not sure, from the illustration, exactly what it was Hastings threw at Dr.Strange's lofted bottle of super-acid, but suffice it to say it's gone now, man. It and Dr.Strange, stripped down to a skeleton, like a little baby.