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Honestly? I have absolutely no idea what attracted me to this one. It may have been the name, thinking that a cross between one of the oceans deadliest creatures AND lands most vicious predators would somehow be the greatest thing I had ever witnessed. It may also have been the fact that the cover really revealed NOTHING about the story. Either way I decided to pick up the Image Comic release Grizzlyshark. Written, drawn, and lettered by the same individual, Ryan Ottley which gained a crap tonne of respect from me, as it is hard enough to do one of those, but to do all of them yourself takes years upon years of practice.
The comic itself is all over the place, sometimes in a good way, and sometimes so confusing I can not figure my ass from my elbow, but honestly it was a good change from the norm in comics. Grizzlyshark is a mind explosion of pointless action, cliched plot lines, and an overused ability to create a completely random set of events into play, all while convincing the reader that he needs to keep going. It felt like a story Deadpool would have written, and for that I kept on going.
Our story revolves around a few people basically trying to survive in the woods. They are being hunted by, in my opinion, a foe worse than the Predator himself, Grizzlyshark. This creature is exactly what it sounds like. It is a damn Shark that hunts prey in the woods. Nothing about this thing is a grizzly, it is an actual, full size great white. It is hunting anything that bleeds, from a bloody nose, to a woman on her period. I am seriously trying to explain this without it coming off as a joke, but this comic is meant to have its own sense of humor. One that a lot of people will find cheesy, but that is kind of my style, so it works quite well.
Although classified as a survival horror, this comic is more of a comedy survival one. There is a plot, just not greatly evident, but the art work makes up for it. A lot of cartoony style gore, mixed with little character development (as most don’t make it more than a few panels) leaves the writing really lacking for me. While I enjoy the tidbits of humor, and the zany style in the art, I feel it missed the mark in the comedy side. I don’t feel it does enough to come off original, and in this industry that is almost vital to the creation side of things.
Give it a try, maybe you’ll love it. This is one of the first times I won’t be continuing the series though, as I am just too unsure of what to expect.