Saturday, March 13, 2010

COMIC REVIEW: Weekly World News #3 (IDW)

Weekly World News #3 is here! IDW's hilarious journey through the cavalcade of freaks and Ed Anger's quest to run them out on a rail continues, and I'm excited to be along for the ride.

One of the things I was afraid of when reading this series was keeping it fresh. Would it become gimmicky and lose its flavor like dime store bubble gum? The answer, simply put--no. Chris Ryall and Alan Robinson team up once again to create a book that's fun to read. Robinson's cover apes the cover of the Actual Weekly World News, but JK Woodward's cover takes the prize, with Bat Boy doing his best Coppertone baby impression.

We begin our story where we last left it: Ed Anger, on his mission to oust freaks like Bat Boy from their place of acceptance, continues to mount evidence against them. In this issue we see our old friends Manigator, Bat Boy, and PhD Ape, along with new favorite of mine Freeze-Dried Baby. Ed continues his typical rhetoric about the freaks (including his opinion on a certain Kryptonian) in front of web journalists and spreads his message across the media landscape. Will he be successful? Well, that's part of the fun.

The genius of this comic is the crazy amount of allusions to bits of pop culture. The annotations are great, even for a pop culture junkie like me--I caught most of them, but there were a couple that slipped by me.

Buy this book. Even if you can't find the other two issues, you can easily pick up the story, and everyone can enjoy the crazy goodness of crotchety old Ed Anger vs. the Weekly World News freaks.

Stacy Rader
Review Editor

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