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Review – Man Goat and the Bunny Man #1 (Zenescope)

  • Writing - 6/10
    6/10
  • Art - 8/10
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  • Overall - 7/10
    7/10

Man Goat and the Bunny Man #1

Story: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini
Writer: Joe Brusha
Artist: Guillermo Fajardo
Colorist: Ulises Arreola
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: Zenescope
Release Date: April 7, 2021

Man Goat and Bunny Man are not mere myths or legends; they are really real, and roommates, as well. They also happen to protect us from all sorts of weird danger.

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“Strange Tales” Man Goat and the Bunny Man #1

Cryptids, myth, legends, monsters…heroes? What exactly are these mysterious creatures in Man Goat and the Bunny Man #1? Well, they are Man Goat and Bunny Man. A man that looks like a goat and a giant bunny that can walk and talk. I mean, it says it right in the name! But what you might not know is that the duo protects us normal people from all sorts of evil and weirdness. The not-so-dynamic duo’s lives ramp up as their home in the Ozark forest hits tourist season. But mutants, cults, and even sasquatch won’t stop them from having a little fun.

Writing

Man Goat and the Bunny Man #1 (Zenescope) variant cover by Josh Burns
Man Goat and the Bunny Man #1 (Zenescope) variant cover by Josh Burns

Look, I did not know what I was getting into with Man Goat and Bunny Man #1. I honestly didn’t have high hopes, looking at the cover. But I was somewhat surprised after finishing up the first part of this 3-issue series. Look, the story is not going to blow your socks off, but it was more interesting than what I was expecting.

Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, and Dave Franchini play up this buddy-comedy/horror/action story well. The odd-couple vibe from Bunny Man and Man Goat is fun and gets a few smiles. The interaction between the two is probably the highlight of the issue. The tone of the series is a bit all over the place; it seems like they can’t focus on whether they want to be ultra-silly or a little silly with a serious tone thrown in. That needs to be nailed down a little more.

Man Goat and the Bunny Man #1 being an oversized issue helps us get into these characters and allows for the story to develop a little more. Even with the extra pages, though, it seems that too much is thrown in. From introducing these new characters, to mutants, cults, and cryptid hunters, it is a little much. Plus there are only two more issues left, which leaves a lot to get to and to be resolved rather quickly. 

The humor, while it did get me to smile some, did not catch me overall, or bring those big laughs. Maybe it is just not my style of humor, but more it seemed that the timing of the jokes was not there.

Art

I was pleasantly surprised by the art in Man Goat and the Bunny Man #1 from Zenecsope. Guillermo Fajardo does an excellent job, with some great, detailed artwork and character design. He captures the characters terrifically well. He has a wonderful, detailed style with tight linework throughout the issue.

Also, some fantastic background detail, as well. Fajardo pulls the reader into the world exceptionally well. Again, I think the timing for the comedic bits could have been a bit better. That is a really hard thing to do art-wise, but again, those things in the story did not land for me, from a timing aspect.

The coloring work by Ulises Arreola is also well done in Man Goat and the Bunny Man #1. Great bright colorations used throughout the issue. It helps capture a brighter tone and feel in the “darker” more horror-oriented scenes and scenarios that are in the issue.

Conclusion 

I don’t know what to really say about Man Goat and the Bunny Man #1. It is a strange horror/buddy-comedy that doesn’t quite know what it wants to be and also has a little bit too much going on. Look, I was not expecting much, and it did exceed my expectations. The story is not terrible, and it got a few smiles out of me. The art is actually very well done comic-book art. But altogether, it is not something that is amazing, or that I will be telling everyone to pick up, either. More than likely if you are looking at this series then you know what you are in for. It has some interesting things happening and I do like the general concept; it just does not all come together quite as well as it should.


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