“CHIMICHANGA: SORROW OF THE WORLD’S WORST FACE #2” (Comic Book Review)Book and Comic Reviews,Books/Art/Culture,News Svetlana Fedotov
If little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, then Lulu the Bearded Girl got a bit of fire and steak in her gullet as well. The tough talking, common sense wielding, pint-size matron of the Wrinkle’s Traveling Circus is back again continuing her adventure with the perpetually bummed out Ronny the Hairy Man and her pet monster Chimichanga that started in the first issue. As expected from the multi-talented duo of writer Eric Powell and artist Stephanie Buscema, the second issue manages to keep the momentum going as Lulu finds herself battling the ghosts of a rival circus in pop art inspired illustrations that made the initial release so successful. Heck, it’s just as fun as going to the real circus but way cheaper.
After catching the Hairy Man red handed in the piggy bank (issue #1), our heroine Lulu finally catches up to the fugitive on a train track in the middle of the night. Luckily for him, she managed to stop Chimichanga from swallowing him whole, but unluckily for the both them, they soon find themselves on the wrong end of a ghost train! Despite jumping to safety, the night has more tricks in store for them, the strangest being the new circus in town that arrived on the trains heels, The Circus of Lost Souls. It’s literally made of lost souls. But Lulu, being the level headed girl she is, refuses to get scared off and enters the carnival on the invite of the barker, not knowing that she and her companions might just be the newest additions, especially when a familiar Eric Powell character shows up.
The second issue of CHIMICHANGA is just as fun and absurd as the first one and has once again set up Lulu as a wonderful character that doesn’t cling to clichéd standards. She has a strong independent streak and precocious nature that fits perfectly into long line of comic girl adventurers from classics such as Little Lulu and Little Orphan Annie to modern comics such as Courtney Crumrin. Also, much like these comics, CHIMICHANGA is perfect for all ages and genders as Powell uses Lulu as a catalysis for childhood fun, especially those dark and spooky nights where ghost lurked around every corner. In the latest issue, she also becomes a voice for those of us with an ugly side, be it inside or out, and her no-nonsense attitude will inspire you to be the ugliest person you can be.
As usual, the art is fantastically on point. Buscema’s vintage are style has only gotten better for the second issue, allowing her talents to explore the wild outdoors and the creatures that wander in it. The background art is very reminiscent of old Disney backdrops created with her bold colors and gentle color fading combined with the cartoony angles of midsummer trees and midnight rivers. The characters themselves have great little nuances added onto their designs that really drive the nostalgia vibe home. With Powell’s words behind the brush, CHIMICHANGA has become a work that is just as fun as it is visually exciting.