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Geek heaven comes in this package of creativity with a mixture of humor in the second issue of The Li’l Depressed Boy. There is not a compelling story or even memorable art, but the characters and constant humor are great for taking your mind off of a stressful day and doing what was meant to be done with a comic: laughing hysterically while forgetting the rest of the world exists before turning to the last page and realizing you have to wait another month to enjoy the next issue of Li’l Depressed Boy.
After meeting the girl of his dreams, we follow our li’l depressed boy as he realizes he’s in quite the dilemma – after a debatable one-and-a-half dates with this girl he realizes he does not know her name. Add in zombies, comic books and video games and this series proves to be the ultimate spoof of some of the classics.
This little odd but lovable gem of a comic is written by S. Steven Struble. Granted, there is barely a story here, just a guy going out with his girlfriend completely clueless as to how to find out her name without upsetting her. It is not an oscar-worthy plot and I found myself not really caring about what the girl’s name was – probably because I was two busy laughing. Humor is constant in this issue – ironically for an issue titled “Li’l Depressed Boy” I found depression the last emotion to be feeling as I read the multiple spoofs from classic games like Street Fighter. If you are a fan of video games, comics, even zombies, this book will prove a pleasurable read.
Almost a match for the humor thickly laced in the story is how lovable the characters are: Li’l Depressed Boy is more fun than his name would suggest and the chemistry between him and she-who-cannot-be-named is great and believable. His girlfriend is (thankfully) not some big-chested bimbo that is all looks and no brains. Instead this girl reminds me a lot of Ramona from Scott Pilgrim complete with purple hair. Now if I could only find my dream guy…
One thing I did not really understand in the comic was why Li’l Depressed Boy did not look human like everyone else. Instead he had what looked like a white dodge ball for a head but that did not really matter to me and he seems as human as everyone else so I just did what everyone else in the comic did: treated his character normally. He’s a great character that I already love. There is a short list of characters: L’il Depressed Boy, his girlfriend and his best-friend, who is also a riot. His friendship with L’il Depressed Boy seems so realistic, like two real best-buds that have been hanging out with each other before they could pick up an Xbox controller.
Like the plot, the art by Sina Grace is far from a masterpiece. It does not go into detail but it does not need to. The expressions on L’il Depressed Boy’s face, however, are priceless. His abnormal face allows the artist to let loose with his emotions a little more freely then with some of the other characters.
This comic does lack an intricate story and great artwork, but it does not need one. It has great humor that spoofs the classics. The characters are great and truly loveable. After only one issue, you do not even have to read the first one to understand it.
Overall Score – 8.0/10