STUDENTS OF THE UNUSUAL GIANT SIZED MUSIC SPECIAL 1

STUDENTS OF THE UNUSUAL GIANT-SIZED MUSIC SPECIAL 1
Written by Terry Cronin and Drawn by Various
Published by
3 Boys Productions

Terry Cronin’s anthology of the odd returns soon with a new issue, and this retailers’ preview I’m working from shows off some of the fun that awaits readers who pick up the book. And much like his last effort, which offered a DVD alongside the comic (still only 3 bucks!), this one will have a CD with 14 songs that were sent in to the SOTU crew as part of a contest. Oh- and even with 48 pages in the comic to go with that CD, the consumer’s cost? Three yanqui dollars.

What will readers find in the new issue? A new “Recalcitrant Jones and the Dead Beats” tale, a new “Uncle Pat” story that marks my favorite in the series to date, a creepy installment of “The Flame of Faith” and lots more. Special note to the “Uncle Pat” tale, by the way; “The Water of Life” shows a grasp of mixing the scary with absurd humor that Cronin has really refined quite well over the past couple of years. One thing about the STUDENTS OF THE UNUSUAL books is that they continue to get better each time around, and I respect that- it takes hard work and dedication to craft to do that, and when it comes to indy publishers, it isn’t always that common.

This preview copy did not come with the CD, so I cannot speak to its quality, but I look at it this way: 48 pages of comics and a CD for three bucks is a bargain even if you only like a couple of the songs. SOTU: always recommended.

Marc Mason