Comics have had a long history of having pyromaniacs, pyromancers and any other character who uses and or has some kind of infatuation with fire. One of the latest fire lovers in comics comes from â€œBad Luck Chuckâ€ by Lela Gwenn with art by Matthew Dow Smith. The first issue offers more of a flicker than a flame.
Charlene â€œChuckâ€ Manchester, an arsonist with awful luck, is hired by a mob boss to set fire to a cult gathering that her daughter is gathering. What was meant to be a normal job turns into something much bigger than what sheâ€™s being paid to do.
Itâ€™s a decent plot with an OK execution. Chuck is a fine character, but so far, her entire character boils down to an eccentric who sets things on fire for money. The story seems to just plod along at a snailâ€™s pace where every character seems to not care about whatâ€™s going on. Chuck caring even less so than any other character. There is still room for improvement and the next few issues should bring about something a bit more interesting than whatâ€™s presented here.
Dow Smithâ€™s art gives this comic a gritty feel by making everything dark and gloomy. The only time there is anything thatâ€™s bright is whenever thereâ€™s a firewhich actually works well. A comic about a fire starter should have pretty fire. The character designs are OK. Theyâ€™re competently drawn but in all, theyâ€™re nothing special.
The first issue of â€œBad Luck Chuckâ€ has a solid plot but the execution needs a bit more meat on it in order for it to be palatable. With OK characters, color scheme and art, this first issue may only create a small spark in the reader. Thatâ€™s not to say itâ€™s a dude, there is some hope that this story can turn into a huge, beautiful, raging forest fire.