"The Doorman #3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Heavy Metal
Written by Eliot Rahal & Daniel Kibblesmith
Illustrated by Kendall Goode
2016, 32 Pages, $3.50
Comic released on June 15th, 2016
Henry Clay Waters is retiring with a bang. He's served for decades as a Porter, essentially an interplanetary doorman that watches over a...well...door that can transport someone to any other planet in the galaxy. On his very last day, he's pulled into a large scale conspiracy by a rogue detective and he's basically been running for his life since. Now he's going on a heist to steal the one thing that can stop the corrupt and dastardly Carlisle Moongale, and it's an adorable koala.
The mythos of The Doorman grows with this issue and opens it up to so many possibilities for further stories. It just totally makes sense and will have you looking at certain people differently, wondering if they're secretly working on a covert operation. Writers Eliot Rahal and Daniel Kibblesmith introduce these intricate and crazy ideas into the book in such a way that you just go with it. You don't second guess anything that's introduced. This is pure science fiction and it's being pumped right into your eyeballs.
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One such example is the Zookepedia, a cross between a library, archive, aquarium, museum, and a zoo, which is described as all the boring stuff merged into one gigantic less-boring thing. If you've ever gone on a school fieldtrip to any of those places, I'm sure you would be more entertained by this and not just because Cornelius and Zira from Planet of the Apes are milling about out front. This is one of a few Easter eggs that artist Kendall Goode puts in. The page where Henry and Detective Flower enter the archives is a sight to behold. There are a few in there that I can't identify, but there are items from the Marvel and DC universes, as well as Alien, Super Mario Bros, and Star Trek to name a few.
The koala in question is a talking animal / machine hybrid that will easily become the most sought after toy since Tickle Me Elmo. Do you hear me, Heavy Metal? The marketing opportunities write themselves with this thing. It's basically a back-talking computer in the form of an adorable little marsupial. It's like the Lying Cat from Saga if it said more than one word.
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As with previous issues, Goode delivers an amazing array of aliens, big and small. The standout is one that appears towards the very end of the issue. It's the second form of a new character and you don't see it coming at all. You just turn the page and all over a sudden you're faced with this writhing pink monster with tentacles coming out of its eye sockets and several little arms extending from its back. Oh, then there's the tongue that would make Venom blush.
The Doorman balances science-fiction with action, comedy, and a touch of drama, and it delivers on all of those points. The jokes are funny. The action is tense and exciting. The aliens are so friggin' creepy. If you've ever liked any sci-fi movie, you'll find something to enjoy with this book.