Science Dog. Iím
just going to put it out there that thatís probably one of the most
awesome yet simplistic names for a superhero. Heís a dog who can use
science! Putting two and two together we get Science Dog.
Itís the type of name you want to sing to theme music. Anyway enough
about the name, whatís the rest of the comic like?
starts off with our hero stuck on a distant planet or in another
dimension; heís not too sure, battling an evil dictator in a
gladiatorial arena. Upon claiming victory Science Dog, battered and
bruised, is sent back to his own planet/dimension. He just wants to
take a nice long nap but, when youíre pretty much the only hero in
town thatís hard to do. Science Dogís fearsome arch nemesisÖWalter,
no seriously thatís his super evil villain name, is once again
causing havoc in the middle of THE city. Science Dog rushes off to
confront him even though heís tired and stressed out from his last
Maybe itís that Iím not familiar with the
Science Dog story and character, but the problem I had with this
issue was that it seemed like it had been put into a generic
superhero comic book creator and Science Dog was the comic
that was spat out. Parts of the story, the dialogue and even the
ambiguous yet familiar location seemed like it had come from a Ďhow
to write a superhero comicí book. Thatís not to say all of
Science Dog was bad.
There was something about its clichťd almost lame
components that made it a really enjoyable comic. You recognized the
beat it was treading and then, when a twist was thrown in it took
you, initially, by surprise. Also I found the super villain
monologue a brilliant yet so simple way of throwing in the
characters origins. It was a number 1 issue so I was wondering when
Iíd find that sort of information out and it was a good way to do
it. Plus it gave Science Dog a chance to throw in a few wisecracks,
which is always nice. Science Dogís frustrated attitude towards this
supposed final confrontation was also good. As a superhero there
must be days where you just canít be bothered and want to end things
as quickly as possible. This was also where Science Dog
deviated from typical superhero stories and it was a refreshing
The artwork was solid and the battle between
Walter and Science Dog was pretty awesome with plenty of explosions
and a real high energy. Everything was drawn really clean with
defined lines and bold colors to give it that super hero feel.
Science Dog also seemed to use science in the fight, which is
what I was expecting although Walter didnít quite seem as smart as
he should have been. The only minor complaint with the artwork was
Science Dog seemed to change color sometimes. He switched between
grey and a dirty brown although this may have been the outcome of
lighting on the character that I didnít pick up.
All in all Science Dog is a comic that
fans of superhero comics will recognize and maybe even appreciate
for its use of the genres conventions. The few little bits of humor
and Science Dogís frustration help to make this a worthwhile read
that would have been disappointing if it played it totally straight.
Fans of Imageís Invincible series will also appreciate
Science Dog getting his own comic.