"The Last Hunt #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Amigo Comics
Written by Hannu Kesola & Ken Janssens
Illustrated by Paul Moore
Colored by Beth Varni
2017, 32 Pages
The cargo spaceship Ragzon picked up a few female scientists stranded on the barren wasteland that is Earth during a routine stop. On the surface, they may look like beautiful women, but in reality, they're ancient monsters craving blood. Fortunately for them, there's plenty of blood pumping through the veins of the crew. Let the chaos begin.
The opening pages of The Last Hunt #2 set the stage for what the ship's crew is in for. One of the scientists is gouging out the eyes of a man as blood flies everywhere. Her fingers extend out, not unlike Lady Deathstrike, to penetrate the man's flesh and suck him dry. All the while, her appearance has changed to that of a crazed, elderly woman. She leaves nothing but a dry husk that was once a man behind.
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The book then bounces to a different kind of horror as the horny crewman is going for a roll in the hay with another scientist. He's in for quite a surprise when he realizes he's been granny tricked. Artist Paul Moore frames this well, as the foreground features the two young people going at it while a mirror nearby displays an old lady. When her true nature is revealed, the woman has a unique form of lust on her face. She's not interested in love. She's hungry.
The jump between young and old works well, but there are many panels where the characters appear flat and too angular. They lack depth. The pencils could be tightened up a bit. The interior of the ship falls short as well. This was a criticism in my review for the first issue too. There are no distinguishing traits and the walls have generic squares here and there in a lackluster effort to make them appear more attuned to sci-fi.
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Although the Ragzon is still on Earth, there aren't many places for the humans to run to. This is what makes for good survival sci-fi horror. Cramped quarters and imminent danger make great companions when it comes to increasing tension. The crewmen don't realize they're in danger just yet. That is going to change very quickly as the bodies start to pile up and the scientists show their true colors.
There are still some attempts at character development, but it's not entirely necessary. It's safe to say that most of these people are going to be ripped to shreds and eaten, so we don't need to know their life story or who's banging who. We get to learn a bit about their personalities. That doesn't mean I'm going to remember their names though. I think this would have benefited from quick intro boxes for each character the first time they appear in each issue. For example, it could say, “John Smith. Pilot. Total Horndog.” That works fine.
Writers Hannu Kesola & Ken Janssens established the world of The Last Hunt in the first issue. This one jumps right into the action and does not hold back. Blood is flowing freely and it shows no sign of slowing down. You can practically feel the walls closing in as the crewmen struggle to find a place to run. You know they have no hope of hiding.