Writer: Derek Laufman
Artist: Derek Laufman
Lettering: Warren Montgomery
Cover: Derek Laufman
Publisher: BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!
Animated art, active characters, and a dynamic plot all combine for a helluva of a dish. I loved the first issue and I enjoyed myself even more with this second one. Pogo and Rex are great, but in this book, we get introduced to some new characters that livened up the story with their antics.
The setting of RuinWorld is a paradox. It’s just so darn cute and cuddly, but it’s filled with amusingly thuggish brutes and terrifyingly adorable golems among other elements. I think my favorite character this time around was the bartender Wink, though Kale and Princess Lula were also a ton of fun to meet. It feels like a very modern, very edgy call back to Disney’s Robin Hood, with all of the anthropomorphic characters living in a medieval inspired era, and that is just so awesome.
There’s so much to love about this book. The style of the art calls to me, especially since I originally went to college for animation. I often complain about cliched dialogue, which this comic has in spades, but it works really well here, because it’s presented as a story that is somewhat cliched, instead of one that takes itself too seriously. The plot moves at a rapid pace and
RuinWorld is a rather wordy book, but it didn’t detract from the story for me, even though that may come as surprising. Some of the scenes could be slightly bigger, just because they’re so detailed and it’s difficult to see everything I would like to in a panel or two. However, neither of those are big deals, and the comic is absolutely worth it so far for an adventurous escape. I can’t wait for more RuinWorld.