“Mondo” is a story, as far as I can tell about the tragic life of an emaciated, scrawny, bullied quiet little man aptly called Catfish. This tale is about him becoming something else, something more.
The writing in the first issue is bare bones, but it works. Every word seems striking as you follow Catfish through his day. As he’s hassled by co-workers and neighbors you can tell, through the way it’s written, that every word spoken to him really affects him. He would rather go unnoticed; this is evidenced by the fact that he doesn’t speak a single word. I feel that, even though the story has very little dialogue there still is a lot being told.
That story is being told by the artwork. Ted Mckeever really allows the artwork to tell the story of Catfish as he moves through the world created by the artist. I find some panel’s plain offensive; however it does seem to work. There is a flow to the pages giving the reader a sense of how beat down the central character is by his world. The art leaves waiting for the coming vindication!
I would say Ted McKeever is obviously setting up for a big story to be told about Catfish; the central character of “Mondo.” Although, I did find the writing and artwork told a clear story from the point of view of a character without a voice, I don’t think there is much to the first issue that redeems for the accounts in consideration to Catfish and his life. If you enjoy dark stories about tragic lives pick up this issue; conversely, if you’re looking for a comic you feel good about reading I’d say buy a Spiderman, this is not for you.