Ben Templesmith is best known for his unique art style, especially in the 30 Days of Night series. In this third volume of Wormwood Gentleman Corpse he does plenty to introduce a new reader – like myself – who hasn’t read either of the earlier volumes to the main character. Wormwood is a species of ancient worm that has existed for a very long time, before humans began walking the Earth, accruing knowledge and information through a most unusual method: it inhabits the body of a corpse, bringing it to life. Anyone looking upon this decaying corpse sees whatever their mind chooses to invent, while any friends of Wormwood see the corpse and its little invertebrate inhabitant.
In Calamari Rising, Wormwood thinks he might finally be getting some time to himself to relax and enjoy this world for a bit . . . then a giant, inter-dimensional wormhole opens up in the sky, letting in thousands of these flying octopus-like things. It doesn’t take long for Wormwood to recognize them as a very old foe, and they’re here to take over the planet and wipe out humanity. As his friends begin attacking these calamari creatures, Wormwood comes up with the only plan he can think off, launching himself through the wormhole and destroying it at the same time. That way there will be some hope for Earth, he thinks, and he’ll have to deal with whatever is on the other side.
Wormwood Gentlemen Corpse: Calamari Rising is an entertaining graphic novel, with Wormwood as an unusual and interesting central character. The art style is classic Templesmith which is itself also unusual and interesting, catching any graphic novel reader’s eye in an instant.
Originally written on November 20, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.
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