"Tart #7" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Kechal Comics
Written by Kevin Joseph
Illustrated by Ludovic Salle
2018, 24 Pages
We’ve been introduced to the time-traveling monster hunter, Tart Acid, but now we get a deeper look into her world with Tart #7. Our hero compares scars like that memorable scene in Jaws, as you only get recruited to this exclusive club after you die. Meanwhile, the forces of evil are plotting against Tart and her colleagues, pulling strings for a larger plan.
Color plays such an important role in Tart, especially in the flashbacks from the other hunters. Artist Ludovic Salle immediately sets the mood for each scene with some impressive palettes. The stories from the past are highlighted with the color of the character. For example, Lemon’s tale features a lot of yellow.
This also extends to the scene with the demons with a red and fiery hellscape. Everything about these characters and their home is full of blood and pain. This instantly gives you a sense of how evil they are and that they’re big shots in Hell.
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Tart #7 greatly expands upon the mythos of the series, not just in the development of the characters themselves, but in the overall world. Writer Kevin Joseph fleshes out the overall world. There are many more monsters lurking about and these Toxic Fruit warriors are all that stand in their way. They’re put through hell and overcome all kinds of adversity to do it.
Salle’s artwork reveals an innocence to these characters. This is not the life they’d imagined for themselves. Instead of being scared, defenseless little girls, they’ve used their deaths and their haunting memories as fuel to soldier on. This makes each of them an inspiration.
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The panel layouts for Tart #7 are varied and intricate. This becomes art in and of itself as Salle seamlessly guides the eye through the story. Often times the background weaves into the gutters between the images, creating natural barriers. This makes the comic feel like a living, breathing thing instead of a collection of static pictures.
Tart moves forward in leaps and bounds with this issue. Ludovic Salle returns to the book without missing a beat, delivering some of the best artwork of the entire series. This chapter is the first step in it reaching the next level. It’s filled with so many awesome insights into this world and what the Toxic Fruit girls are up against.
Kevin Joseph is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of Tart #7.