Saturday, July 22, 2017

Book Review: Life With Kevin issue #4

Book: Life with Kevin issue #4 written, illustrated and colors by Dan Parent with ink by J. Bone and letters by Jack Morelli

Edition: Digital


Kevin garners some unexpected fame after his good deed goes viral, thanks to Veronica! Plus, Kevin bumps into someone unexpected from his past!

Rating: 5 stars


Just when I thought that scruffy beard of Kevin's was gone after he shaved it off in the last issue, it returns. Aside from my dislike of the beard, this was a fun read.

In the last issue, Kevin Keller attended a high school prom with Jason Markley, a viewer who wrote to the news station to see if Kevin would be his date. Kevin was unaware that Veronica Lodge had taped it and put it online. But in her defense, she thought she was doing something good by showing how kind and caring Kevin was in helping the high school student.

This issue opens with Kevin discovering the video after learning about it from someone at the laundromat. He was not happy about it and it didn't take long for him to figure out his good friend Veronica must have posted the video.

He went to confront her but Veronica was dealing with her own troubles of getting fired from yet another job. These two are great friends and he knew that she only posted the video with good intentions. But that didn't stop him from being angry when he went to work the next day and found out that the news station was using his good deed as way to drum up ratings and not to mention exploiting Jason Markley.

Kevin was so mad he quit and in his hurry to leave the building he ran into Michael, an old boyfriend. For a second there, I thought it was Craig, the guy Kevin went out with in the second issue because both Craig and Michael have similar hair and facial hair styles. Either way they both resemble Green Arrow/Oliver Queen. Michael recently got a job in a soap opera at the station but the meeting between these two may have sparked up a bit of renewed interest for Kevin. However, a flashback shows that there's a good reason why things ended between them. But sometimes as this quote states "the heart wants what the heart wants, even that which is worse for it". (Yes, that quote is from the Wonder Woman animated movie).

It's a possibility that running into Michael may have factored in Kevin's return to the news station. With his heart leading the way Kevin went to see a taping of the soap opera however a blunder resulted in hilarious hijinks for the show. But as possibilities go it may have lead to something more between Kevin and Michael. However, finding a note addressed to him on Michael's door was not something he expected. Neither was I, since this ends on one of those pesky little cliffhangers. The Life with Kevin miniseries was initially supposed to have four issues and with this cliffhanger I hope that means either more issues are it will be turned into an ongoing series.

This issue continues with great writing and artwork by Dan Parent with the story featuring tons of humor to go along with the drama. I really hope this isn't the end of the Life with Kevin miniseries because it's too good for Archie Comics not to continue it.

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