Comic Review: Rabid World #1 (Scout Comics)

Just when you thought you could leave the house, what comes loping along but Rabid World #1, from Scout Comics! Writer Todd Cinani sets the scene for us right out […]

Just when you thought you could leave the house, what comes loping along but Rabid World #1, from Scout Comics!

Writer Todd Cinani sets the scene for us right out in the front yard, visible from the porch. It’s the Eastern Shore of Maryland, US, and it’s only 7:13am. The dog has wandered home, growling and furnishing a bit of blood. Maybe bitten by another animal. Maybe rabid?? Okay, off to the vet. Oops, the dog has now bitten its owner.

Meanwhile, in a test lab at the University Medical Center in Baltimore, a new Ebola strain is being examined. Well, things progress there too, and it doesn’t take long for this story to ramp up and show some teeth! It’s wordy and dramatic and winds its way up the dramatic slope at a steady clip. Pretty soon, and people are running for their lives, escaping the frothing and fury!!

Artist Oleg Okunev draws sturdy characters, believable scenarios, nicely choreographed sequences. Oleg’s colouring is mostly grey or tinted with a hint of blue or other colour, making the atmosphere dense with tone.

Letterer Lucas Gattoni deserves full credit for keeping the busy script and visuals tied nicely together with interlocking word balloons. And really nicely handled sound effects!

It’s just getting started, but this is a dramatic title to follow!

Scout Comics, Rabid World #1, $3.99 for 22 pages of content.

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!!