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posted December 26, 2005
Amaze Ink, $2.95
is an odd marriage of Native American folklore and vaudeville-style, empty-stage older comics which concentrated on characters at the expense of any sort of setting or milieu. Or maybe it just seems that way; Peters art in the first issue hints at a Great Plains, light-forest setting without effectively placing us there.
With the characters center-stage, the characters should shine. But they're only mildly appealing: Wapiti, a sentient deer; Fur-Face, a shaman; and a spirit inhabiting a coyote skin whose appearance acts a plot instigator (he doesn't know who he is, and he's being followed). One barely gets a sense of their character type, let alone any sort of distinct personality.
The issue's shtick is a sort of gateway to other worlds thing through which we get an amusing appearance by Lethargic Lad, and a cameo by a generic Dave Cooper creepy creature. Lethargic Lad's blank, silent stare pretty much sums up my own reaction to this first issue.
This review was written in the late 1990s as part of a then-ongoing freelance gig; I apologize if it reads oddly or seems incomplete.