My apologies for the late review, I wasn’t able to get to my LCS to pick up my order for a couple of weeks due to a fairly hectic schedule recently and only found the time to break away and do so yesterday evening. But I had been anticipating this issue for weeks so it was the first comic that I sat back and read.
And it didn’t disappoint.
“Snitch” can be described as a very fun stand alone story that anyone could pick up and enjoy. Basically we’ve got this little rascal, who loves money, scheming to make a fortune by holding up a local criminal that’s hard on his luck with promises that he’ll help him and his situation. Meanwhile, he’s attracting bounty hunters in town (Usagi reluctantly joining Gen in the endeavor as they’re running low on funds) and pitting them against one another as he plays informant to all sides…for a price.
It’s a nice little racket the Snitch has going until Usagi and Gen become suspicious of their all too eager informant and see that he is in fact pitting Stray Dog, Usagi & Gen against each other. Hilarity ensues as the ‘old friends’ quarrel, but now wise to the situation they confront the deviant only to be told that he’s just located the bounty. Snatching him up so that he can’t escape they all go to the outer skirts of town where the criminal was hold up, only to find the place empty. In the confusion the rascal slips away, seemingly scot-free, and when Stray Dog and Gen blame each other for his escape Usagi wisely declares he’s had enough of their childishness and that he’s going off on his own once more. The issue ends as the Snitch finds himself alone in the woods, very happy with himself for all the gold he obtained. Unfortunately, the criminal he had been exploiting had gone to look for food when extreme hunger called and having hid himself from the Bounty Hunters when they came calling he had been privy to everything, particularly the Snitch’s boasts of his accomplishments. Well, needless to say he’s none to happy and if he didn’t outright kill the little guy, then he administered a severe beating. The off-camera screams are a little ambiguous on that point…to great effect.
The issue put a smile on my face, thanks to a good little story with a beginning, middle and end, as well as all the humorous undertones (personified so well in the cover image). The best part had to be Gen confronting the Snitch telling him, in effect, that he’d probably pulverize him ‘if he wasn’t so impressed with his scheme.’ That, and Gen’s description of Usagi as ‘naturally grouchy and suspicious of everybody’ that he delivers with impeccable timing…twice. Ah, and for those keeping score, the ‘Mysterious Stranger’ we’ve been following makes several additional appearance this issue in the crowd and I’m really looking forward to seeing what part he’ll be playing in future stories.
Good stuff Stan!