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Route 666 #13

Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2003
By: Ray Tate



Writer: Tony Bedard
Artists: Karl Moline(p), Drew Geraci(i), Nick Bell(c)
Publisher: Crossgen

How just that issue thirteen of Route 666 should be the strongest. Tony Bedard and Karl Moline catch up the reader in two pages then propel the story with Cicso going off to rescue Cassie. Mr. Bedard strengthens the carnie cast's characterization and reveals the fate of Galina, duplicitous fortune teller.

Last issue riotously gave the reader the monster's point of view, and while the focus smoothly shifts back to Cassie's viewpoint, Bedard leavens the eeriness with the comedy of the monsters' fear of the innocent girl. This is a sharp contrast to their first encounter against Cassie. It seems their attempts to verbally terrorize was also meant to hide their own anxieties over facing her down.

In one act Bedard recalls the hilarity of the underrated Tom Hanks action-comedy The Man with One Red Shoe. Mr. Bedard does not however only have humor in mind. He unveils a surprise foreshadowed by Cisco's contact with the microcephalic twins. He shows Cassie accepting her gift and then orchestrates Karl Moline's dark fantasy artwork to symbolize Cassie's willing participation in the war against the monsters.

Route 666 has swooped away from its slump to provide an entertaining blend of horror and comedy. Any previous similarities to Buffy the Vampire Slayer have vanished, and the action-packed story kinetically illustrated by Karl Moline drives the reader breathless through the pages.



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