Review: Haha #1

Written by W. Maxwell Prince
Art by Vanesa Del Rey
Colors by Chris O’Halloran
Letters by Good Old Neon

ICE CREAM MAN writer W. MAXWELL PRINCE brings his signature style of one-shot storytelling to the world of clowns-and he’s invited SOME OF THE COMIC INDUSTRY’S BEST ARTISTS to join him for the ride.

HAHA is a genre-jumping, throat-lumping look at the sad, scary, hilarious life of those who get paid to play the fool-but these ain’t your typical jokers.

With issues drawn by VANESA DEL REY (REDLANDS), GABRIEL WALTA (Vision), ROGER LANGRIDGE (Thor), and more, HAHA peeks under the big top, over the rainbow, and even inside a balloon to tell a wide-ranging slew of stories about “funny” men and women, proving that some things are so sad you just have to laugh.

I went in pretty blind to HAHA, just knowing it was going to be a clown themed comic anthology. I’m honestly pretty glad I did, because what an impact this first story had.

There’s something about sad clown stories. It’s something I’m weirdly drawn to. I know the immediate assumption is that I’m just referring to Joker – and hey, you aren’t wrong, I do enjoy it – but also things like the movie Vulgar. Maybe I just have a thing for clowns. They appeal to me rather than frighten me. Point is, this was immediately appealing to me even without knowing anything else about it.

This is an insane first story. A bad day happening to a good man, to put it simply. Immediately, I was sympathetic with the main character, who, despite everything negative in his life, looked to the positive. There is an eerie darkness that hangs throughout the story – which is unsettling, since most of the book is fairly believable. It’s the sort of bad day that could happen to any of us.

The artwork is so fitting. The linework and colors really work together to tell the story beautifully. In particular, a scene I cannot describe without spoiling something was particularly wild and stunning. I’m sure you’ll recognize it when you see it. And the end pages were just incredible. The lettering suited everything, too.

Definitely grab HAHA, in stores tomorrow!


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