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MEOUCH, ISSUE #1 — Review by The Comic Book Yeti

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  • MEOUCH, ISSUE #1 — Review by The Comic Book Yeti

    MEOUCH, ISSUE #1

    Writer: Paul Carroll
    Artist: Gareth Luby
    Publisher: Limit Break Comics

    Heads!, issue #1, cover, self-published, Jackson

    WHAT IS IT?

    A bloody, humorous, action-packed crime/mystery with a foul-mouthed cat as the main character.

    It’s like if you took your favorite family film, made it ultra-violent, and the main character was a mercenary.

    WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

    (Minor Spoilers)

    Frankie is an assassin.

    He’s also a cat.

    When someone else beats him to a mark, he realizes he’s up against a highly trained and extremely deadly group of catsassins.

    Why are they taking out all of his targets? Who’s behind them? And what series of events turned Frankie from a lovable ball of fluff to his current mercenary self?

    You’re gonna have to read MEOUCH and find out!

    WHAT WORKS?

    • The first thing you’ll notice about this comic is its color
    • ​It has gorgeous, full color and, matching the tone of Meouch, it playfully walks the line between noir mystery and fun story with a talking cat
    • Soon after, you’ll likely notice this comic is VIOLENT, but, like, in a fun way
    • I’m talking pools of blood, holes in faces and bodies, and a hilarious kill count at the end of the issue
    • Gareth Luby’s cartoonish style for Meouch balances out the violence
    • Though the panels, themselves, are rough and sketchy, the actual art is clean and crisp
    • He also has some fun little Easter Eggs, like the Tick pic on the wall in the art below or the humorous information found in a mark’s file
    • Paul Carroll’s writing is an absolute pleasure to read, filled with fun banter, ridiculous puns that never get old, and action-packed plot
    • It’s like the team realized cats really are murder machines, and decided to write a humorous comic based on that
    • Meouch is one of the rare comics to credit its artist before the writer on the title’s cover
    • It could be because the titular character is based on his real cat, Frankie, who Gareth sadly lost last year
    • This comic is such a great way to honor Frankie
    • I think this is very cool and progressive of them!
    • Like the panels borders and Frankie, himself, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou’s lettering in Meouch is intentionally rough around the edges
    • His sound effect work is bright and hand-drawn and gritty, which is perfect for the title
    • One of my favorite parts of Meouch, and one of my favorite lettering effects of all time, is the shadow cast by the moonlight hitting the exposition (see the page below)

    WHAT DOESN’T WORK?

    • Though there’s no real cursing, all that violence means Meouch definitely isn’t a kids’ story
    • I would’ve been OK with more SFX work from Otsmane-Elhaou, especially in scenes where a bell jingles or a gun fires
    Heads!, issue #1, page 4, self-published, Jackson

    WHY SHOULD I READ IT?

    If you’re in the mood for a bit of the old ultra-violence, and you’re up for some hilariously cheesy cat-based humor, you absolutely have to read Meouch!

    WHAT DO I READ NEXT?

    If you like the writing:

    • Deadpool, Vol. 1 by Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, et al.
    • Rocket Raccoon, Vol. 1 by Skottie Young & Jake Parker
    • Assassin Nation by Kyle Starks and Erica Henderson

    If you like the art:

    • Life & Death by Paul Carroll & Gareth Luby
    • Mixtape by various creators
    • Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

    ABOUT THE CREATORS

    Paul Carroll – Writer

    • Multitalented: Also works as a colorist
    • Outlander: Hails from Ireland

    Gareth Luby – Artist

    • Outlander: Also from Ireland
    • Dream Team: Often works with Paul Carroll

    Joe Griffin – Colorist

    • Dream Team: Also worked with Paul, Gareth & Hassan on the Limit Break Comics anthology, Mixtape
    • Outlander: Works in Cork, Ireland
    • Moniker: Also goes by “Joseph Griffin”

    Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou – Letterer

    • Multitalented: Edits PanelxPanel, the digital magazine about comics, and also writes comics & films
    • Outlander: Lives in the south west of England

    HOW DO I BUY IT?

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    The image(s) used in this article are from a comic strip, webcomic or the cover or interior of a comic book. The copyright for this image(s) is likely owned by either the publisher of the comic, the writer(s) and/or artist(s) who produced the comic. It is believed that the use of this image(s) qualifies as fair use under the United States copyright law. The image is used in a limited fashion in an educational manner in order to illustrate the points of the author and not for the purpose of entertainment or substituting the original work. It is believed the use of this image has had no impact on the market value of the original work.

    All Gareth Luby and Paul Carroll characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof are trademarks of and copyright Gareth Luby and Paul Carroll or their respective owners. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Matt Ligeti

(AKA "The Comic Book Yeti") believes reviews should be simple and modern, written in a way that's easy for the average person to read. Wanna' know more? Send the Yeti and email at TheComicsYeti@gmail.com or visit ComicBookYeti.com

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