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Hashtag Danger #2

This issue begins with the Hashtag Danger team holding a major press conference, staged like a rock concert, where they reveal their little baby Yeti that they captured in the previous issue to the world. Unfortunately, despite all the pomp and circumstance, the press (what little of it shows up) appears to be thoroughly unimpressed.

The team then heads to the sewer under the city where some alien blobs have been detected. They come across what appears to be a large egg, which Einstein’s equipment detects is about to hatch some kind of alien life form. But just at that moment, Desiree insists that they return to the HQ to watch the news to see the coverage of their press conference. So they leave the alien egg, planning to come back to it later, to head home. And boy does that turn out to be a huge mistake.

I can’t say more without spoilers, but it’s another funny story, from writer Tom Peyer, including the witty repartee between Desiree, Einstein and Sugar Rae, all of whom still have a lot to learn about what it means to be “heroes.” And Chris Giarrusso’s artwork continues to be delightful.

And after that main story, once again there is a backup feature, which I guess is to be a regular for this title. SNELSON, the story of Melville Snelson, an old washed up standup comedian, written by Paul Constant and drawn by Fred Harper. This story is titled WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH EATING IN RESTAURANTS? It opens with Snelson performing in some dive bar, he’s the opening act for a younger female comedian named Tabitha Tran. After the show, Snelson and Tabitha go to eat at some diner, we learn that they’ve been friends for a while, Tabitha may be Snelson’s only remaining friend in comedy, and that they always get a bit to eat after they perform together. They have a conversation where we learn that one of Snelson’s claims to fame is that he once went on a date with Jeanine Garafolo, but that didn’t work out like he’d hoped. And Tabitha tries to give Snelson some constructive criticism about his material, saying that a lot of his jokes are dated, with too many 90’s references. Snelson doesn’t really appreciate that, but then just as the story appears to be taking a darker turn, Constant ends it on a funny note. I like the story, although I’m not sure that it fits with the tone of the main feature.

I guess I should not that this issue also contains three short prose stories, which is something the first issue also contained, but I honestly just skip those, so I can’t comment on them.

Chacebook rating: FOUR STARS

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