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Loud Mouth Louie #1
posted January 9, 2006

Creators: Chris Hammonds, Sean Smith
Publishing Information: Funky Devils Production, $2.95
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A humor comic about a really shitty little kid. Hey, what's not to like? Well… one just wishes it were more accomplished. The comic Loud Mouth Louie reminds me of is Rick Altergott's Doofus. What Hammonds and Smith lack is the density of Altergott's narrative approach, the effective secondary characters Altergott uses as foils, and Altergott's massive craft chops.

The thin quality of the stories is clear from plot descriptions. In the first major story, Louie has a bad dream. In the second, Louie assaults a bizarre vagrant. While seeing a small child beaten to death by vagrants is always fun, there are few moments of genuinely inspired sickness like that opening scene. I'm not a big fan of Louie's gimmick, a "magic pocket" from which he can pull just about anything, sometimes to do something devious, but always to make for some kind of joke. I guess I prefer my young person's cruelty to be non-magic in nature. None of the magic pocket jokes are funny, even.

So it's not a bad early effort; it's just needs "more better everything." While I can't recommend the comic, they've got attitude to spare and a nice visual approach. I look forward to seeing how they progress.

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.