Comic Review: The Squidder #1
It’s another end of the world tale—this time with tentacles. Ben Templesmith presents The Squidder: Hitchins is quite possibly the last of his kind, a seasoned solider turned mercenary and skilled in the ways of fighting and destroying any and all opponents, especially those with more than two arms. Once he had a mission to fight the invading Squid, now he takes any job to survive.
The Squidder #1
Writer and Artist: Ben Templesmith
Release date: July 16, 2014
Who will persist in the neo-squid world? Your chances decrease greatly if you are marked as blessed and the people readily give you over the Squid Overlords to end “the cycle.” Hail Squid.
If you are a hybrid solider, like Hitchins, with combat experience and a killer reputation, your chance of survival increases dramatically. Even if Hitchins sees his dead wife in this dreams and it still fills him with guilt 78 years after her death, he’s got nanites to fix his wounds. So yeah, he has a leg up on the rest of the population. Yet, this next job might just do him in. Hitchins accepts a job goes against his all his beliefs: to capture and secure a Squid temple priestess for the new heavy running the town. Will his internal conflict be his undoing?
In The Squidder, Templesmith’s lead character is one we’ve all seen before. I dare say that the desperate man going against his moral compass in order to survive is a trope we know well. It’s not a bad thing. And with this strange, new squid-worshiping world Templesmith is building and illustrating, having the reader grounded by a main character that is readily familiar at its most basic is not a bad idea. This is only the first issue. Who knows what twists and turns Templesmith has in store?
The art style of The Squidder is signature Templesmith. He uses lots of color, dark shadows, white highlights, splotchy backgrounds, and the gritty depictions as in his other work. The Squidder is not a dark or opaque as some titles he’s illustrated. In this book, it’s easy to see the details even on the pages with deeper blues and purples. Templesmith has a consistent and distinctive art style so if you are a fan you’ll be happy and if you feel like you’ve seen it before there isn’t anything new here for you—except a cool story with squid overlords!
My recommendation: For those who enjoy other squid-related works (there are more of us than one might think) and fans of Templesmith, this series is for you. I know I won’t be missing a single issue: Hail Squid.