"Chum #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by ComixTribe
Written by Ryan K. Lindsay
Illustrated by Sami Kivela
Colored by Mark Dale
2016, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 1st, 2016
Summer is a smart woman in a tough spot. She's stuck on this little island, reminded of all her life's mistakes. An opportunity has just presented itself that could be her ticket out, but it's not perfect. Summer killed the wrong man. It's a good thing that she's good at improvising. Unfortunately for the other island residents, that means that there are more bodies on the way.
Before I go any further in this review, I want to highlight how incredible the covers are for Chum. I neglected to call this out in my review of the first issue, and that's a damn shame because Sami Kivela's cover is absolutely gorgeous. This issue is no different. I love how the red in Summer's hair flows up to merge with the blood in the water, seeping out of the hat floating on the surface. It's a beautiful shot that's only intensified by the shark fins poking up around it. Joe Mulvey's variant cover is equally as awesome, showcasing a number of the characters being pulled beneath the waves by red chains. Standard's hand is just poking through the surface, although it's not going to help him at all. I really want prints of all of the covers of this series.
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I wish I could be half as cool as this comic book is. It has a pulpy swagger from the jump that harkens back to the golden era of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe. Even those classic noir characters would have their hands full with Summer. The term “spider woman” doesn't do her justice. She's smart, sexy, and most of all, dangerous. It's amazing watching her work her magic now that she has a chance to get off this island for good. Summer will stop at nothing with her goal in sight.
This makes for some rough patches in her plan. Summer tries to keep everything together, but desperation is setting in. She's anxious to get through and this is causing problems in the form of more dead bodies. If she's leaving, what does she care if she leaves all this blood in her wake?
Artist Sami Kivela brings Summer to life in such a way that pulls you in. It's easy to see how so many people are drawn to her. Summer's eyes are dark and always calculating. There's a coldness to them, whether she's being attacked or standing above a man's lifeless body. She's so much more than a pretty face. Although that is certainly part of it. Summer is drop dead gorgeous. There's a shot of her in a tank top and cutoffs towards the end of the issue that oozes sex appeal.
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Mark Dale's colors bring the overall design together. That fiery red hair sets Summer apart from everything else on the island. The bulk of this issue takes place during a storm, so Summer is the one bright spot in an otherwise dreary day. Of course, that isn't entirely accurate given her dark demeanor.
Chum is a book tailor-made for any fan of film noir or pulp novels. It's the epitome of cool. At its center is a woman with nothing to lose and everything to gain. If that means that she has to take out a few of the locals that have been bringing her down all these years, so be it. There's one issue left and this one ended in such a powerhouse move that I cannot wait to see how the creative team wraps this up.