Comic Review: Vinegar Teeth #1 (Dark Horse)

From Dark Horse, Vinegar Teeth #1 screeches in from left field, spins around in place, leaving puzzlement and eye-popping amazement all around. The first issue introduces us to the detectives, […]

From Dark Horse, Vinegar Teeth #1 screeches in from left field, spins around in place, leaving puzzlement and eye-popping amazement all around.

The first issue introduces us to the detectives, circa 1930’s, on the waterfront of Brick City. It’s dark, dingy. Damon Gentry and Troy Nixey, writers, and Troy Nixey on art with Guy Major on colors, it the ground running with over-the-top weirdness.

Our detective main character, Detective Buckles, was ‘this close’ to nailing a crime kingpin, Cardovan. However, a strange creature resembling a floating stomach (!!) has arrived on the scene, aiding the police, and overshadowing him. Now, the floating being has been assigned to be Buckle’s crime fighting partner. Buckles has nicknamed him “Vinegar Teeth”.

The story is convoluted, the dialogue is perplexing, the art is in turns bewitchingly awesome, and incomprehensible. I have the feeling that readers are going to be polarized on this title; it is new, it is expressive and wildly imaginative; but honestly, there are moments when you will struggle to make sense of what is going on.

You’ll love it or hate it, but Vinegar Teeth kinda grows on you, so if you are up for something original, give it a shot!

Dark Horse comics, Vinegar Teeth #1, $3.99 for 24 pages of content, not rated but at least Teen+.

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!