The Auteur #3 (Oni Press)

CREDIT: Oni Press

Rating: 4.5/5 – Not suitable for those individuals against a fun, gory time.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Adam Alamo.

“This film is not suitable for individuals with sensitive mental conditions!!!”

So reads the tagline on the movie poster for “Death Fist,” included as a pinup in the middle of this book. The same can be said for this comic. If you haven’t read The Auteur to date, the book is about a film producer embroiled in the “cut throat” world of movie making. After almost being drummed out of the business for producing a space opera that flops, producer Nathan Rex is adamant that his next film, a horror flick, be a hit. To do this, he believes the murder scenes should be as realistic as possible. So of course, he hires a serial killer to be a consultant on the movie.

This particular installment is nothing short of insane. Yet, it’s a fun, gory, schlock ride that is sure to leave you wanting more. Dealt with in this issue: the “touchy” subject of on screen (and off screen) nudity, traditional special effects vs. well, not using special effects at all, and of course, drug induced body dumping courtesy of Doctor Love. Oh, and shark hunting. Brilliant! Editor Charlie Chu promised that Rick Spears’ comic would be original, and he wasn’t lying. Where this issue began and where it ended no one could have predicted. Starts with boobs and ends with sharks. Did you predict that? Oh and there’s this thing in the middle, but I don’t want to reveal what may spoil your appetite. You were warned. Illustrations by James Callahan are fun and colorful. He sure can draw blood, gore, brain bits, and, ahem, other “bits” in a pop art style that fits the story perfectly.

The Auteur is something different from the typical books you find on the shelf each week. There are no heroes and there are no villains (well except maybe for the serial killer, but he was found not guilty last issue!). But if you are looking for something off the beaten path, with fun art and an insane story that is “to die for,” then this is your book. Parents, this one isn’t for kiddies. I can’t guarantee that future issues will be any safer.

Reviewed by: Adam Alamo
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