"The Doorman #4" 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 September 28th, 2016
It's all come to this. Evil corporate bigwig Carlisle Moongale's plan to eliminate the strange doors that connect all the populated planets in the galaxy is coming to fruition. He stands to make a ton of money forcing people to use his fleet of space ships to travel the stars. That is, unless Porter Henry, Detective Flower, a clone of Moongale, and the Koalmanac can stop him. Yes, this comic is just as crazy and awesome as it sounds.
The Doorman builds to this beautiful and explosion-filled crescendo. Everything that these characters have been working to prevent is about to happen. They've been through hell and have risked their lives every step of the way to stop Moongale, and there's a good chance they won't be successful. They haven't exactly been great at this so far. What is clear is how determined both Henry and Flower are in this task. At this point, they're basically on the run, so they have nothing else to lose. This makes for some pretty great moments.
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Despite the presence of such strong leads, Moongale steals the show. He's the guy you love to hate; an absolute slimeball. I don't know what I dislike more: the smug smirk on his face or his stupid flip flops. To show you that he wasn't just raised this way, even Moongale's clone is a bit of a douche. When they realize that it's difficult to tell each other apart, the clone puts his hair up in a man-bun. This is all a testament to artist Kendall Goode's designs for the characters. So much is conveyed by their facial expressions and general presence.
There are two moments where Goode captures pure, unbridled chaos in his artwork. The first is a staggering explosion of epic proportions. It shows the complete shock of the event coupled with the total loss of all hope in that single page. The second moment is an absolute bloodbath and has to be up there with the most insane kills of the year. You didn't know that a person's body could go in that many directions or in that many pieces in a single image.
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This issue is bookended with a mysterious cloaked figure that clearly knows a lot about the doors and their capabilities. It opens the story up to be continued, which is something I sincerely hope happens in the near future. The end of the book also creates a new status quo for our main characters, which could also work hand-in-hand with future stories. There's one sequence in particular that's mentioned and then quickly covered up, creating questions that eagle-eyed readers might have been asking from issue #1.
The Doorman is pure sci-fi fun. It mixes the joy of watching Star Wars as a kid with jokes that will satisfy your sense of humor as an adult. The stakes are high, but there's a personal story with great character development at its core. Writers Eliot Rahal and Daniel Kibblesmith and artist Kendall Goode have created a vast mythology with one simple-to-understand concept: There's a door on your planet that can take you to any other planet out there.