Writers: Erick Freitas and Ulises Farinas
Artists: Caitlin Rose Boyle, Angleica Blevins, Sean Pryor and Buster Moody
Amazing Forest #2 is another set of surreal and bizarre stories written by Erick Freitas and Ulises Farinas. The stories range from weird police cases to the cosmic meddling of god-like beings.
Our first tale is Detective Dunk. The titular character, Dunk, is man on a mission and that mission is to find the stolen swords of famous historical villains (the latest one belonging to Vlad the Impaler). The story is simple and quick which works well for it and the ending is silly but pleasantly so. The artwork makes it feel like a cartoon with exaggerated expressions and gestures adding to the silliness.
This tale is not the greatest one but it is enjoyable.
Following this is Van Dark and from the get go we see clear influence from Star Wars, especially Darth Vader in the character design and references in the art. Thankfully this is not overplayed and so the joke doesn’t become stale. Van Dark is stuck in evil business management and wants to leave but can’t as there is no severance package. This makes for a surprisingly good story as Van Dark acts good to try and wreck the evil business. It’s a short nice story that focuses on the important parts and forgoes filler. The art work has the feel of a newspaper comic strip and characters that would look at home on an episode of Adventure Time.
Van Dark is the strongest tale in this collection and well worth checking out.
After this we get Stardust. The idea for this story is strong with an almost god-like being trying and re-trying to make a perfect world. It has the feeling of the old Future Shock’s done in 2000 AD but it relies to heavily on references in both the art work and writing (it’s hard to miss the Watchmen cameos). Now Van Dark did this as well but in that had a strong story to it. With Stardust there’s very little but references.
Stardust is a good idea mishandled but still enjoyable.
Agroman is the final and weakest tale. Agroman faces off against his enemy Juju the Unholy and his army of killer giraffes. All the while he hides a secret from his men. Normally this would sound like an amazing concept for a story. However it feels like it is trying too hard to be surreal, weird and edgy. The supposedly shocking ending (which is then followed by another shock ending) doesn’t help it. However the artwork makes up for it with wonderfully cartoonish battle scenes in which hordes of blood thirsty giraffes are slaughtered by the titular Agroman and his ridiculous sized sword.
Agroman is ok with some very enjoyable artwork.
Overall this issue is good read for fans of weird and bizarre stories with well done artwork.