[Comic Review] Dan the Unharmable #7-8

DanTheUnharmable007“I’ve lost something very valuable to me…”

I’m glad to see that my favorite comic book character, Dan, is still around after his initial six-part stint in Avatar Press’ Dan the Unharmable series. I thought the initial run was awesome and am glad the company decided to keep it around. The geniuses behind it, David Lapham and Rafael Ortiz, make quite the team.

With Dan the Unharmable #7, we find the shift slightly away from Dan himself and more on his past and the oldest “daughter” trying to ferret out the information as to her existence and Dan’s role in it. Figuring out what exactly the relationship between her now deceased mother and Dan remains a challenge. Talking to previous family friends and even going undercover into Dan’s old profession is a bit more than she can handle. Throw in a teenage pregnancy as a result of the outcome of previous issues and things get a little tense. And a cliffhanger that is part intrigue and part awe. The only negative thing I can really say about the issue is that there are times where it jumps from one thing to another with no real or definite progression, simply one minute your reading about

The artwork here continues to be done well. It’s a great mix of contrasting colors. It’s a style I instantly became a fan of, and in places where the story doesn’t quite hold up the artistic effort behind it is enough to give this title solid legs to stand on.

Rating: 9/10 Gingered Digits.

Reasoning: Artwork (2/2), Character Development (2/2), Climax (2/2), Plot Development (2/2), Story (1/2).

DanTheUnharmable008With Dan the Unharmable#8, Dan is once again back into the spotlight.

We veer off slightly from Lizzy’s hunt for the truth behind Dan being the father (although, the results of the previous issues party does come back to bite her) and focus more on him. More bullets and unnecessary roughness ensues, but, there’s a bonding moment between him and one of the younger children that I felt was a nice touch. Throw in more “lost parts” searching, and the story is wrapped up. This story is a bit more loose than previous issues and other than a handful of panels, not much in the way of a continuation of the story, but rather character tidbits are found here.

There is never a dull ending to these issues yet, each one ending in a bang that makes you want to read the next as soon as it hits the shelves.

As always, the artwork is great and keeps me picking up releases from this series time and time again.

Rating: 9.5 Gingered Digits.

Reasoning: Artwork (2/2), Character Development (2/2), Climax (2/2), Plot Development (2/2), Story (1.5/2).

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