Father’s Day #1 Review

Written by: Mike Richardson

Art by: Gabriel Guzman

Publisher: Dark Horse

We’ve all seen these kind of “estranged daughter” stories before. Guy makes some poor life choices, painfully reconnects with daughter, they get involved in a high speed chase and his house expodes. Wait maybe not that last one, that’s entirely unique to the new limited series Father’s Day from Dark Horse.

The first thing I noticed about this book was the beautiful art by Guzman, his style is instantly appealing and looks greatly cinematic. He manages to make his characters look real and expressive which helped the main characters grow me faster as they felt like actual people. During the action scenes towards the end of the issue Guzman demonstrates a great grasp of kinetic energy which makes the action flow really well and ends the issue in style.

Art aside, the comic itself is really good and I appreciate Richardson not bogging the issue down with lots of exposition. Our main characters are still explained well enough to use in some of the slower scenes but the comic has an incredibly fast pace which really grabbed me and held my attention for the whole story. Much like the daughter, Denise, we barely have time to settle into the story before we’re being thrown into explosions and chases. While at times the story seems to move a little too fast and almost seems to skip over a lot of stuff unexpectedly I appreciate a comic that just cuts straight to the chase (literally) as too many now are very decompressed and take forever to get going.

The flipside of this however is that there is very little room left for any actual plot. As I stated the issue is bookended with some brief exposition to explain our two main characters motivations and pasts, although it’s difficult to know what the story will be. Seeing as the series is only four issues long I’m curious to find out what is intended to fill out the next three issue; while the rapid pace of the opening of the intro is appreciate I hope the rest of the series manages to have a little more depth in order to make it memorable.

Overall, this is a pretty strong debut that features some great art and action, going by the quality of this issue alone I’d recommend a purchase, although it’s hard to determine just what else the eseries has in store for the remainder of its issues.