"The Doorman #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Heavy Metal
Written by Eliot Rahal and Daniel Kibblesmith
Illustrated by Kendall Goode
2016, 32 Pages, $3.50
Comic released on April 27th, 2016
Every populated planet has a door operated by a Porter, ushering visitors between worlds. No one knows how they got there or why, but the Porter takes his or her job very seriously. Such is the setting for The Doorman. Ultra-rich and probably evil bigwig Carlisle Moongale has organized the mass murder of almost all of the Porters. Henry from Earth has managed to escape with the help of Detective Flower from the Confederation of Systems Police Department...but she was just shot in the head. Did I mention that Henry was one day away from retirement? So, yeah, things have been better.
Any normal person would have been cowering in fear while being hunted by aliens, but Henry has jumped right to it. He's been at his post for decades and he's realized that even if he were to die, no one would miss him. This adventure has allowed him the opportunity to do something that matters and to make his mark on the universe in some weird way. Unfortunately, it's an uphill battle, as Detective Flower is kind of an outsider within her department. No one believes her conspiracy theory about Moongale, probably because the guy has so many people on his payroll.
Speaking of Moongale, he's the personification of the word “slimeball.” Everything about him makes you just want to punch him in the face. He's two parts Mark Zuckerberg, one part Paris Hilton, and all parts douchebag with a face you want to smother with a pillow. It's for this reason that I love artist Kendall Goode's design for the character. It's so spot on and instantly tells you everything you need to know about him from the first time you see him.
Goode's talents do not end there. The first page shows the ramifications of an unmanned door as an alien couple makes their way through and don't come out alive. Their bodies are twisted and deformed, like they're being melted and ripped apart at the same time. I can't imagine the pain these two must be going through. They almost look like ice cream left out in the sun.
The pacing for The Doorman is top notch. It's almost non-stop sci-fi action with these brief moments to catch your breath. In reality, those calmer segments are just there to set up the next point, whether that's a man getting his head blown clean off or another dude bursting into flames and running around screaming. This all leads up to a closing scene that reframes everything and will make you super pumped to come back for more.
The Doorman is sci-fi done right. It's universe-spanning action and adventure with crazy and terrifying aliens. At its heart is a very human story about wanting to make a difference before shuffling off this mortal coil. Along the way is a ton of laughs for good measure. This is a great, well-rounded comic that delivers across the board.