It’s The End Of The World As We Know It…..

Published On October 7, 2010 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Reviews

Find Comet Hit Comet Watch Comet Sleep issues 3 & 4

Hugh “Shug” Raine

Self Published

The final two issues of Hugh Raine’s tale of Mankind’s impending, comet delivered doom and one man’s decision to keep it all to himself, using the knowledge to change his life.

As I said with the reviews of issues 1 & 2 (here and here), this is a great little book, and some of it’s greatness actually comes from it’s littleness; with the comic being just cd inlay sized. It’s one of those comics where the form influences the quirkiness and fun of the read. I’m also loving the covers – with the art on graph paper – I still have no idea why it’s on graph paper, but it’s a great effect.

In the previous issues, our hero (and I use that loosely) Derek made the shocking discovery that a comet was on collision course with Earth and it’s the end of the world in less than a month. Deciding to keep the news of the impending apocalypse to himself, he sets about changing his life; quits his job at the observatory, asks out the girl he’s always fancied and generally does whatever he fancied, freed from the dull monotony of everyday existence and a crushing sense of frustrated apathy. And then he heads to the pub and doesn’t bother shaving.

(Sad, obsessive, apathetic, lazy – that’s our hero Derek. From Find Comet, Hit Comet, Watch Comet, Sleep issue 3 by Hugh Raine)

And these final two issues see Derek doing pretty much more of the same, generally being a bit of a selfish, annoying shit and making a right hash of spending his last week doing anything useful. He’s obsessing over getting Lily (that girl he’d always fancied and never done anything about) into bed, but when she lets slip of something exciting going on at the observatory, he’s suddenly got something else to obsess over:

(Lily lets slip something big – could she know about the comet? From Find Comet, Hit Comet, Watch Comet, Sleep issue 3 by Hugh Raine)

And then it’s the big finale, where everything comes together, Derek finally comes clean to Lily and there’s one brilliantly ridiculous astronomical coincidence that manages to ruin Derek’s life in a quite unexpected but fitting manner. That’s about all I can really say about the final issue, and there’s absolutely nothing I can show you – everything in it is solely concerned with providing the very satisfying conclusion I was hoping for and Raine uses every panel of his 20 pages to make the story work.

All four issues have been great, lightweight, fun, inventive, silly things. Raine’s artwork is simplistic yet expressive, every page has the characters refined down to a small collection of lines but the storytelling never falters and the story itself proceeds at pace. But there’s also a great deal of lovely artwork in amongst those few lines – with some really beautiful backgrounds – still composed of a few lines, but what a few lines they are:

(Raine’s artwork – simple, effective and rather charmingly lovely From Find Comet, Hit Comet, Watch Comet, Sleep issue 3 by Hugh Raine)

It’s an excellent little series and all 4 issues are available from Hugh Raine’s webshop. If you’d rather have all four in one collection, Raine’s promising the collected edition will be available in November at the Thought Bubble convention.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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