The Delinquents soldiers on with its third issue this week. After a meeting full of misunderstandings, our not-so-dynamic duos of Archer & Armstrong and Quantum & Woody have joined up to find the treasure of the hobos. Sadly, they’re pursued by the minions of the Mondostano Corporation, and have to deal with everything from the horrors of Old MacDonald’s Farm to man-meat-plant hybrids. Let’s take a look at The Delinquents #3!
Though the hobo life initially seemed appealing to our four protagonists (and the Goat, of course), things take a turn for the worse as they fight off beasts and the perils of riding the rails. All the while, our heroes move closer to solving the Hobo Code and finding the fabled Big Rock Candy Mountain. But can they succeed with Mondstano hot on their heels?
Continuing the tradition of hilarity, The Delinquents #3 brings us more laughs along with some great character moments. Plotted by Fred Van Lente and James Asmus, and scripted by the latter, this title has a strong base of humor from these two writers. The opening scene is pretty darn funny, as I’d never expect the Children’s Song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” to yield such potential for wild action. Furthermore, a following sequence juxtaposing the team’s trials with “Big Rock Candy Mountain” was an excellent choice. This issue also showcased a growing bond between Armstrong and Eric, which I quite liked. Though this issue was somewhat less funny than the previous installments, it was still downright hilarious!
Kano is the perfect artist for this over-the-top hobo adventure, and he brings his A-game to this issue. I seriously haven’t seen better work from the man’s career previously, and he’s at his best the more unbelievable the situation portrayed happens to be. Kano ratchets his style to the highest level in some great scenes, especially one involving a battle atop some boxcars. Clever coloring and panel placement help refine the feel of this comic, and leave us with something magical.
Overall, The Delinquents #3 is loads of fun. It continues the fun story of the previous issues, and I’m a little sad this mini-series ends next month. Still, it’s been a great ride and I look forward to how it all wraps up.
-amazing artwork from Kano
-interesting character interactions
-not as funny as the two previous issues
Brett Simon is a twenty-five year old comic enthusiast. Today is his birthday; you got him a present, right?
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