DOBERMAN #1

5 Overall Score
Art: 7/10
Dialogue: 4/10
Story: 5/10

Fast and Kinetic, really doesn't hold back, great artwork.

Funny, but not.

doberman

Written by Jack Lambert, Scott Marder and Rob Rosell 
Art by Brandon McKinney (a) 
Colors by Bernard Chang (c)
IDW Publishing
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

This is the Comic and I am the Reviewer.

Sometimes, Cheesiness can be an art.

Let me explain.

Doberman #1 is over the top. It’s a no-hold-bar cop movie gone bad, bursting at the seams with one-liners, action sequences, and stupid violence, with a lead that you can love, and can hate, and love to hate.

Frank “Doberman” Doberano is an action cop of action cops, a Mario Cobretti, John McClane, and Martin Riggs rolled up into one. He is a loose cannon, who you know, at some time,  will have to turn in his badge, but really you don’t him want to. It’s obvious in Doberman, that Lambert, Marder, and Rosell were going for this and decided to throw precaution to the wind, and just go with it. This along side the artwork of Brandon McKinney and Bernard Chang, helps deliver a kinetic tale that reads fast in it’s action, loud in it’s comedy, and those one liners? Oh those one-liners:

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Oh brother… 

You might roll yours eyes at this concept, and it doesn’t strive to break any new barriers, it seems to go into an absurdity that nowadays,  we’ve seen too many times. There are small bits of hilarity in there, that might be when the team decided to input something new into it other than puns, but just when you start to laugh, you’re kind of back to the cookie cutter arc of it. Which would be fine, if they delivered the funny, but at times it seems more a love letter to Sylvester Stallone’s COBRA, than an actually comedic action book you want to pursue.

This comic is easy to get a chuckle and laugh but I just wonder about the longevity of something like this, not wearing thin over a short amount of time. It could go high-end hilarious, easily once it gets it’s legs, but how many issues would you need to do that? DOBERMAN is not breaking any new ground here and the jokes as much as it’s fun, are by the numbers. You also seem to be thrown into this book, and expected to cheer for A and hate B, but in the end, besides the the hysterics, i just feel a bit of apathy.

That being said, it is fun, and I dig the concept. I think if they can deliver an issue 2 that get its going, you could see a real contender., and considering the pedigree of the team on here and the work they have done, we could easily be on hand for a hilarious and dynamic comic book.

So, yes Cheesy as it is, DOBERMAN could be a real high thrills comedy action book that bring all that we love of 80’s action movie to the forefront and asking for more, but it will have to bring more than what they’ve done here. I think it’s a possible buy once in graphic novel form, but it needs to deliver. For me, I want this book to work, I want this to succeed, but issue 2 better bring the damn funny, or I want Doberman’s badge and gun on my desk in the morning!

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 Juan Navarro, a Writer/Artist from Miami, Florida, Editor of Creature Entertainment, Creator of webcomics Zombie Years and VIGIL His upcoming series REZ  is curently fully funded and going on KICKSTARTER

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