When Marvel’s 2009 indie-comics superstars meets time-tested superheroes mini-series Strange Tales was released it seemed almost too good to be true. This highly unique assemblage of oddities was so pleasingly originally and off the typical spandex path that a follow up seemed implausible at best. Happily, fans of the publisher didn’t mind seeing their favorite heroes taking a good natured (and overdue) ribbing and the series was a surprise hit. Now we have the three issue mini-series Strange Tales II and the hit versus miss ratio is even more solidly in the positive here than it was for its predecessor.
It is always exhilarating to discover an artist whose output is such a visceral rush that viewing their work is like going from 0 to 60 in two seconds. This is just the rush I felt recently when, in my favorite comic shop, I opened Mesmo Delivery to a random page as for me, my mind was already made up: this one’s coming with me and moving straight to the top of my (perpetual and ever daunting) “to read” pile. Mesmo Delivery by Rafael Grampá tells the deceptively simple story of Rufo, an ex-boxer and truck driver, hired to deliver an unspecified and highly secret shipment to an unnamed destination point. Along with him is an associate named Sangrecco, an aging Elvis impersonator who claims to not only know karate, but to have “five other styles” amongst his abilities.