Review: Let’s Do This
Who doesn’t love a good anthology series? They give us an opportunity to tel different stories with similar themes or characters. Book companies makes millions of dollars from this format and it shows no signs of slowing down. As lauded as George RR Martin is for Game Of Thrones, it is his Wild Aces series, which shows his range. That is where we find a true expert at work and clearly a lover of storytelling. The format allows writers to explore all their interests and lets certain writers shine.
One such writer whose writing and art shines best in this format is Jeremy Arambulo. His prior work, Rogue Soup and Bug, shows implicit love for the Samurai/Mecha genre. Let’s Do This shows his influences and his love affair for all of them in their undisturbed glory. In “Bushwick Chronicles,” he gets into being uncomfortable when transplanted New York. In “Search for Mega woman,” we find a teenage boy who is more in love with real life superheros than his own girlfriend, but eventually is redeemed by his own fault. In “Coffee Time Funnies,” we find Arambulo’s different musings as he waits in line for coffee, about other coffee drinkers.
He offers some fan-fiction in “30 Lives” as he uses the main characters from the old video game Contra in a scenario where using game codes are treated like steroid use. In “I’m the Only Sleeping,”, Arambulo uses his skills at capturing someone else’s life, as he chronicles Joe Zizzo,the world-famous drummer, who used to play for Ocha La Rocha. We follow his misadventures during his early years playing at colleges. In “Pass the Torch,” a young boy who gets bullied, gets a gift from his dying grandfather, one which gets him the revenge he wants. In the last story I will highlight, “Dear Dewdrop’s Badass Song,” we get an origin story of a vampire slayer who happens to live in Brooklyn. It’s a heroine I would not mind seeing a solo series about.
Overall an endlessly entertaining book which shows Arambulo’s versatility. His skillsets are well used in this format. I can only see his talent burgeoning even more once mainstream comics find out who he is. The stories by Arambulo are fast paced, funny, dramatic, heartening, and gripping. The art by Arambulo is stunning and rich. Altogether, a collection worth getting your hands if you love being entertained.
Story: Jeremy Arambulo Art: Jeremy Arambulo
Story: 9.8 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy