Well, another WTF Friday is upon us, which means we once again turn the Ruins over to my dark half. As regular visitors will know, Foster Medina has a passion for messed up literary diversions - books that are bizarre, twisted, grotesque, and kinky - and he's only too happy to splatter them across the page.
Drag Queen Dino Fighters is exactly what I look for in the bizarro genre, a weird tale, well-told, that allows the story to be surreal, as opposed to forcing it to be strange simply for the sake of being strange.
MP Johnson throws a lot into the mix here - drag queens, dinosaurs, aliens, firemen, skeletons, mad scientists, and more - but does it all within the context of an unusual family drama. It's that family element at the heart of the story that pulls it all together, with Steven juggling a home life with his boyfriend, his son, his ex-wife, and her father. The baby triceratops may just be his ticket to drag queen stardom, but it may come at the cost of everyone who loves him.
There are so many little moments here that I loved, not the least of which is the way Ivanna's drag queen rivals continue to read each other, despite having the flesh dissolved from their bones, their heads removed from their bodies, or their eyes harvested. I thought Ivanna's crawl through a drag king's subterranean lair might be the height of absurdity, but the final dance-off between Ivanna and Dragosaurus Rex makes for an epic finale.
Of course, Drag Queen Dino Fighters isn't just a sci-fi flavored slice of bizarro, it's also a story about love, family, and finding one's self. It's not a heavy-handed message, but it's part of what makes the story work.
Expected publication: May 1st 2017 by Eraserhead Press
Jada's Basement Sex Show is the story I was waiting for. Not only do we get more dinos - and a flying Quetzalcoatlus at that! - but we also get a good dose of world building, with a glimpse of ruined skyscrapers, talk of nanobombs, rumors of a spaceship in New Mexico, and the introduction of a strangely beautiful woman who I suspect may be an android.
The Magpie gets shunted aside somewhat in this episode, leaving Xenia to carry the world building and plot development, but she certainly plays a role in the climax. It takes a while to learn just how Jada plans to collect her payment, but Bryce Calderwood manages to top the already over-the-top erotic elements of the first two episodes. It's wild, it's dangerous, it's messy, it's extreme, and it's exhibitionistic, but it's a whole lot of futa fun.
Not only did Jada's Basement Sex Show satisfy my curiosity, but it's got me stoked to see what's next.
Published March 10th 2017