Review: Dr. Love Wave and the Experiments #2

Creator biographies:

• GREG GUSTIN (writer) is a writer living and working in the New York City area. When not reading or writing comics, he spends his time eating the amazing treats his crazy-talented chef/baker wife Jenna creates, attempting to snuggle with their less-than-affectionate-towards-him cat, and trying to keep up with their growing-way-too-fast infant son.

• KAYLEE ROWENA (series artist) is a NYC-based comic artist and illustrator. She likes ghost stories and the color pink. Find her at kayleerowena.com or @kayleerowena on Twitter!

• JOAMETTE GIL (letterer) is an award-winning editor, cartoonist, and letterer extraordinaire. Her letters grace the pages of such titles as ARCHIVAL QUALITY (Oni Press) by Ivy Noelle Weir and Steenz, and MOONCAKES (Lion Forge) by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu. She’s best known for her groundbreaking publications as P&M Press, home to POWER & MAGIC: THE QUEER WITCH COMICS ANTHOLOGY and HEARTWOOD: NON-BINARY TALES OF SYLVAN FANTASY.

• KELSEY RAMSAY (issue 2’s backup story artist) is a comic artist and illustrator from London, UK. Traditional inking is one of her favourite ways to bring energy into her art and pages. As an avid reader she has always been passionate about seeing stories come to life, which inspired her start in comics!

“DR. LOVE WAVE AND THE EXPERIMENTS tells the story of Milt Summers and his titular sci-fi surf rock band. On the one-year anniversary of his mother’s death, all Milt wants to do is play his way through the pain, but when an invasion force of water-stealing aliens arrives in his hometown of Madre Bay, a Musically Inclined Killer Android (MIKA) makes other plans for him. Soon, Milt will have to decide between continuing to move idly through his life, or finding it within himself to literally fight through his grief!”

Writer Greg Gustin sent me the first two issues of Dr. Love Wave and the Experiments for a review of issue two, and I’m extremely happy to have the opportunity!

Dr. Love Wave and the Experiments is a 5 issue surf rock sci-fi mini series influenced by Greg’s own experience losing his mother to cancer. As Greg put it, it’s “about finding new purpose in life when that which meant the most to you in the world is gone.”

What an absolutely heartwarming story that weaves friendship, loss, music, and science fiction all together. There really is something special here, and I cannot recommend enough that you check it out for yourself.

The art and lettering are all excellently done in both issues, so bravo to both groups for the excellent work.

You can grab issues one and two now on ComiXology and Gumroad!

-Angel

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