Chainsaw Reindeer is an interesting comic. The concept has some humor to it but the execution turns into one repeated joke with a lot of cringe-worthy in between.
Created and written by Brandon Rhiness, Chainsaw Reindeer is about a reindeer who is tired of Santa’s abuse goes on a revenge spree against mankind. The abuse? Lots of beatings and for some reason multiple implied rapes. A mean Santa who’s an asshole would be enough but Rhiness takes everything so over the top it makes one groan.
And that over the top attitude extends to the comic forgoing much of a story consists of nine-panel pages featuring a reindeer chainsawing people. It’s so over the top I found myself laughing at parts but at the same time, the comic isn’t quite as funny or as clever as it thinks it is. It’s juvenile humor at best and if that’s your thing more power to you.
Carlos Trigo delivers the bloody art. Along with colors by Przemyslaw and lettering by Chris Johnson the humor is in the images. There’s little dialogue and the joke is in what’s cut off by a chainsaw and where. Locations around the world play to stereotypes and implied abuse in the beginning makes one shudder. If you laugh at the images, this is a comic for you. It’s all over the top.
Chainsaw Reindeer is a one-note joke that only differs slightly when played. It’s a great concept that’s never quite realized as it sticks to cheap and cringe-worthy laughs.
Story: Brandon Rhiness Art: Carlos Trigo
Color: Przemyslaw Letters: Chris Johnson
Story: 5.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass
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