Evil Geek Book Report – Indie Spotlight: Wart
It’s time to brush the dust off the Indie Spotlight, Evil Geeks! We’re back with a brand new review today that’s sure to satisfy your hunger for monsters and bizarro craziness. Today the Indie Spotlight shines on Wart, a Lovecraftian tale of a tortured soul ewho’d do just about anything to get a good night’s sleep. Anything that is except step up to the challenge ahead of him. Wart is written by Chris Welsh with art by Ammar Al-Chalabi.
Poor, poor Wart Bellamy. One minute he’s an underachieving, rich kid, taking a brisk, winter stroll along the shore of his favorite lake. He’s just received some good news in the form of an acceptance to a marriage proposal he appears to have made via written correspondence with an unseen significant other. Just as he’s getting to the details of a letter, a gargantuan cyclops bursts through the ice, dragging Wart to what he expects will be a chilled, watery grave. Instead of meeting his demise along side of Luca Brazzi or various types of fish, Wart wakes up in a twisted version of his home, which is now a mental hospital. It’s not one of those restful, therapeutic mental relaxation clinics either, it’s a keep you confined in a straight jacket all day to make it easier for the guards to beat the holy hell out of you type of metal facility. Wart finds himself subject to the maniacal experiments of the doctor in charge of the facility and when he’s not being a Guinea Pig for the mad scientist, his guards usually fill Wart’s days with relentless taunting as well as regular beatings.
If if all that wasn’t bad enough, whenever he drifts off to sleep, Wart finds himself teleporting to some freaky places, filled with freaky monsters. One such place is filled with giant horrific monsters, similar to the ghastly cyclops that initially dragged Wart into this hellish journey, while another is populated by mysterious hooded figures who spend quite a bit of time bargaining with the rat that keeps Ward company in his cell at the mental hospital. The monsters keep asking Wart to serve them, which eventually morphs into a call to help them, while the hooded mystery people seem to have some plans of their own for Wart as well, which may or not be as ominous as the monsters plan for our protagonist. Wart really isn’t sure if the hooded mystery men are friend or foe since during their first encounter, the individual responsible for casting the translation spell, isn’t quite as skilled as some of his cohorts which results in Wart having absolutely no clue what they are trying to say to him. Whatever the plan is, for the time being its on hold while these strange wizards work the kinks out the spell.
Wart isn’t alone in his institutional prison. Through the visions he sees while sleeping, Wart is directed to room 217 of the facility, where a woman is being held much like Wart himself (Seemingly without the regular humiliation and physical assault Wart is subjected to). Who is this mystery woman? Why do the hooded figures refer to her as the princess? Why does EVERYONE have a plan for Wart and why does the princess refer to Wart as her savior? So many intriguing questions have been set up in the two collections of the Wart web comic that I read for this article and it will be interesting to see the backstory of the world unfold as the story moves on. Al-Chalabi’s art is reminiscent of Jamie Hewlett’s work on the various Gorillaz albums, which I’m an enormous fan of. That cartoon-like art style makes for a stark contrast with the harsh treatment that Wart endures, which keeps the book from getting too grim as you watch just how bad things get for our protagonist. Wart reminds me of Murdoc Niccals of Gorillaz in all the best ways. He’s got that same 70’s hipster type of vibe, minus Murdoc’s slow descent into a ghoulish type of creature. With monsters, mystics, and inter-dimensional travel all in play, the framework for a universe rich in its own mythology has been laid; I’d like to see the series explore those world building details a little more and maybe, just maybe somewhere in that tale, Wart can finally catch a break. You truly feel for the guy. After suddenly and violently being transplanted into this new, nightmarish existence, it’d be nice to see Wart chalk one up in the win column.
You can check out more information on Wart at www.wartcomic.com
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Posted on May 28, 2015, in COMICS!, Evil Geek Book Report, Indie Spotlight, Reviews and tagged COMICS!, HP Lovecraft, Indie Comics, Indie Spotlight, Wart, Wart Bellamy. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.