It’s Crimmus Mang (Mashbone & Grifty #3 Comic Review)
Art & Story Oscar Garza
Edit & Story Rolando Esquivel
Our friends Mashbone and Grifty take their swiftly hilarious and cynical lense to foot-, I mean, DeathBall. One being dumb and the other meek, they show us what’s really good about deathball and are in need of some help so we ca get a better critical look. Go pick it up.
We’re back for the 3rd installment of the series which is coming for your beloved holidays, Mashbone & Grifty #3 Li’l Bitty Crimmus starts us off with our heroes doing what they do best. Shooting the breeze in their “office” in a corner booth of their favorite bar, this time about Crimmus (Christmas if you didn’t catch it) and the “fun” myth of Santa. Suddenly a new client bursts in, his name is Li’l Bitty and is in need of assistance with his boss at work. After some questioning Grifty assumes this to be a cult and suggests he just call the police when suddenly our heroes are whisked away to a legendary tundra to help their new friend.
This issue is deep and dark and hilarious and I love it. It has a very smart take on capitalism and conservatism at the same time, relating them to decrepit looking beings and old shambling almost zombies running things at the top of the food chain. While at the bottom of such, workers are worked to death and killed with cold impunity that is now so common among these proletariat figures that they just look on and keep working. I’m very much impressed with how thoroughly these underlying themes are addressed, they always have very significant cultural relevance. This issue simultaneously opens the proverbial window to the dark world of a working class citizen. It’s hilarious, it’s grimdark, and no matter how ridiculous it gets it keeps itself grounded while slamming pies of real-life parallels into the audiences chuckling faces.
Summary I am thoroughly enjoying where this new series is going. Its perfect for someone who needs an escape from reality while also subliminally showing us what we are up against. If nurtured, I can see this comic joining the likes of South Park for its relevant and ridiculous humor.