Haha #1 review – send in the clown Send in the clown

January 15, 2021
Louie Fecou 0
Comics
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Summary

This is an interesting first issue that will please fans of Ice Cream Man. Prince plays to his strengths here and presents an interesting idea that swings from horror story and almost into superhero territory.

4

Summary

This is an interesting first issue that will please fans of Ice Cream Man. Prince plays to his strengths here and presents an interesting idea that swings from horror story and almost into superhero territory.

This review of Haha #1 is spoiler-free.


Perhaps one of the comic book scene’s biggest sleeper hits of recent years is Ice Cream Man. The creepypasta-esque horror anthology title has slowly crept up on us, as rave reviews led to a growing audience for this book. The rather unique variant covers have also intrigued buyers into picking the book up, some covers sporting parodies of Doctor Seuss illustrations, just adding to the weirdness of this book.

Well, the writer of Ice Cream Man has another title, Haha, and the first issue, from Image Comics, has hit the virtual shelves, and once again this is a dark disturbing story that will capture the same audience as his other book.

W Maxwell Prince provides a Joker-like opening issue, where we meet the luckiest guy in the world, Bart, who makes his living as a clown in a funfair. We open with Bart and his family at the breakfast table, as Bart prepares for his day at Funville. Wife Brenda, though, is distinctly unimpressed with her husband’s work, and when Bart is told that his place of work is closing down, Bart’s first thought is, “Brenda’s gonna kill me…”.

Fate steps in as Bart makes a trip to the bank, and a botched raid kicks things into high gear for our protagonist.

To say more would spoil the book, and this is a story best read cold.

Please don’t be tempted to look for spoilers if you are thinking of picking this up, as there is a big plot point bang in the middle that is designed to shock the reader, and that’s the way it should be. Prince has structured this first issue to drag the reader in, and the reveal helps to do this.

As things move forward I was intrigued and eager to see where the story would go, so I avoided spoiler reviews to get the most out of my first reading.

Art is from Vanesa Del Rey and has a scratchy, thinly inked realistic style, reminiscent of Sienkiewicz or Cowan, that lends the book a gritty vibe that it benefits from.

The comparison to Joker is undeniable; I suppose any character dressed as a failed clown in a disinterested world will invite that, but once you get by that association you can get to the bones of Haha #1.

This is an interesting first issue that will please fans of Ice Cream Man. Prince plays to his strengths here and presents an interesting idea that swings from horror story and almost into superhero territory.

It should be fun to follow the opening arc and see where he takes us, so this is a recommendation if you like your comics dark.

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