saga of washed-up comedy has-beens Ruff & Reddy continues, as the two
celimate animals claw their way back into the spotlight. Talk show interviews
beneath anyone’s dignity, questionable product endorsements, and challenges
from latter day imitators brings the two into the orbit of Roy Raymond: TV
Detective (look him up).
of the minefield that is Hollywood, the two manage to manipulate their
weaknesses into strengths that fuel their comeback, even at the expense of
their competitors. And their first casualty is – well, that would be telling.
a complex story, told by someone who is familiar with the business of show biz. Nothing personal; it’s just business. Howard
Chaykin has a record of telling the story his own way, expecting the audience
to follow along and demonstrate some level of attention. If you’re a reader who
appreciates each story element to be spoon-fed to you in big neon letters, you
might wish to look elsewhere.
may have said this before, but Mac Rey’s artwork is perfect for the material.
Clearly identified figures against a vague but identifiable background give the
artwork an animated appearance. I’d be curious to see his interpretation of
other properties, to see how he would render more traditional comic book fare
in a variation of this same style. I hope he sticks around and that DC is able
to find him a suitable project when this six-issue series concludes.