Writer Kirby Stasyna and artist/co-writer Joe Deagnon self-published the first issue of their horror comic Chicken Outfit, which honestly came out of no where and took me by surprise. I’m not too big on horror comics, but in combination with the gruesome art style Deagnon provided in addition to Stasyna’s aid in wit writing, the first issue of Chicken Outfit has proved a worthy mention for the year’s most interesting self-published comics.
The first issue revolves around two friends, Stan Munson and Rusty McDoodle (who wears the chicken suit), and the series of weird events that unfold around their lives. Stan Munson is an I.T. and technology savvy guy, who works for a company called Xber Xabre as their head of Application Development Department. McDoodle is a lonesome man who suffers from severe depression after his girlfriend recently left his life. The two seem to have troubles making ends meet.
The comic starts out with Munson’s self-made sex robot malfunctioning instead of performing its fellatio duty, transforming into a weird grotesque creature and immediately trying to murder Munson. The absurdity and horror begins within three pages into the comic, setting the tone for the entire basis of the comic. We’re then introduced to McDoodle, who almost offs himself, but instead heads over to a bar to speak with Munson about his weird sex robot malfunction.
Then, there’s a second set of characters introduced, with the main focus being on an alcoholic psychic named “Headcast.” Joining him is a fisherman and psychic-woman.
That’s all there is to really know, so far. The story has been extremely similar to theatrical pacing and more will undoubtedly unravel with the next issue of this excellent start. The writing is very sharp and witty; it’s evident the two authors of this comic book have planned out far in advanced what they’re going to do with these devilish characters.
But perhaps that’s what I enjoyed most about Chicken Outfit. It seems the authors know exactly what they’re doing and have it all mapped out to be as entertaining and cinematic as they can make it. This is playing out like a film so far, introducing witty characters with great development unfolding, even though not much is known about anyone at this point. We don’t know what McDoodle is wearing a chicken suit or why Munson really needs to talk to McDoodle, nor do we know who “Headcast,” or his partners are. But the pacing creates a care enough to want to know.
The art also visually fits the bill for a horror/comedy comic book. It’s gruesome and shaded with detail. Deagnon’s style reminds me of John K’s work on Ren & Stimpy, with more Invader Zim coloring and much added detail. It creates an entertaining atmosphere, for sure.
While not much is known in the first issue of Chicken Outfit, it’s obvious the creators will have tons of answers covered by issue two. Its witty writing and excellent pacing really make Chicken Outfit a unique experience. Wonderful and fun, I highly recommend grabbing this comic.