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Skeleton Key #26
posted December 20, 2005
Slave Labor, $1.75
A reasonably entertaining entry into Andi Watson's ongoing okay-for-most-younger-readers comic. The conclusion of the two-parter "cats & dogs," the story contrasts leads Kitsune and Tamsin's separate dating fiascos framed by trying find a gigantic cat and shove him back into the magic gateway thingee activated by the object of the series title. Watson uses a lot of heavy blacks very effectively, something I hope he'll continue, and some of the panels are simplicity personified. I particularly liked the last panel.
In terms of the story, an area in which Watson has shown improvement, he pretty effectively blances his twin narratives and pulls of a nice little plot switch (Tamsin's date turn out worse than Kitsune's obviously awful one, after all.) at the story's climax. The characters are still bland and oh-so-likeable, but as the supporting cast's relationship to the leads may be altered by the events of the issue, judgment can be reserved as to whether the smooth pairing in the lead could become a less comfortable threesome.
I'd write more, but I bet I have to write about Skeleton Key
every other issue due to its accelerated schedule and 16-page size.
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.