Hook Jaw #3-5

Mag, Clint and his Navy SEALs descend into the depths, only to find themselves in a terrifying encounter! Meanwhile, some other interested parties arrive in the area, and more is discovered about what it is the CIA are looking for. Mag comes up with a plan to save Laurie from the pirates, but with Hook Jaw around, is anyone safe?

Hook Jaw is still one of the funniest, best-written creature feature comics I’ve read in a while.

The art isn’t pretty (the character renderings are sort of lumpy), but it gets its point across, and the sharks are effective. The writing is snarky and informative at the same time – I like that the writers try their hardest not to demonize sharks, but instead show that these creatures are reacting to extraordinary, human-caused circumstances. The characters are quirky and have a lot of character without getting too much backstory (don’t anthropomorphize the fish food!)

There were a couple of minor irritants – one of the bad guys constantly intones, “The beast must die!” I get that it’s a joke, but it got pretty old after a while. Sometimes I had trouble telling characters apart due to the poor facial renderings. Above all, though, Hook Jaw is a fun read, and tries its hardest to inform its readers about sharks and their incredible lives. I only wish other “monstrous animal” stories would do the same.

Final Verdict: 3 out of 5.

Hook Jaw #3-5 can be found at Titan Comics

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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