lockjaw #1

Writer Daniel Kibblesmith brings a new adventure to the Inhumans mythos in LOCKJAW #1! That’s right. This issue explores Lockjaw’s own solo adventures without the companionship of his superhero friends. The character’s solo series will explore the origins of Lockjaw prior to his stint with the Inhumans. It is ultimately the story you never really thought you’d check out, but here we are.

So, how did the first installment of this quirky, new series fare?

Well, find out below!

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Back in the Dog House

LOCKJAW #1 is primarily an introduction to the story the series will eventually tell. Lockjaw finds himself leaving his current home of New Arctilan to travel to Earth, specifically Brooklyn. During his time on Earth, he becomes acquainted with a man named Dennis Dunphy. Unfortunately, Dunphy is currently suffering from depression. He has recently lost his superhuman abilities, and he has just been dumped by his boyfriend. However, it seems as though his time with Lockjaw will instill some positive influences in Dunphy’s life.

Of course, we’ll just have to wait and see if that is the case.

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Though LOCKJAW #1 maintains little plot developments, it provides some implications in regard to Lockjaw’s background. It seems as though he has ties to a dog named Bixby. Again though, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens with those two. Ultimately LOCKJAW #1 is light-hearted and fun, but it lacks depth. I hope future issues dig deeper into Dunphy’s potential relationship with Lockjaw. There are a lot of possibilities within Dunphy’s character. I certainly hope the narrative does not overlook them.

Additionally, I hope we attain concrete developments of Lockjaw’s mysterious, Earthly origins. He plays an integral role in the Inhuman family. Yet it is a role that many people may not think too much about. It will certainly be interesting to see where this series takes his character.

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Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

The Many Hues of LOCKJAW #1

Though the illustrations of LOCKJAW #1 are pretty simplistic, no one can deny the vibrancy brought on by colorist Chris O’Halloran. When we first meet Dennis Dunphy, his world is presented as one of a dark, grim nature. However, as soon as Lockjaw enters his life, O’Halloran revitalizes Dunphy’s world with a bright array of colors. His work ultimately makes the issue more engaging despite its flaws.

Perhaps my favorite sequence is the one featuring Lockjaw and Dunphy’s confrontation with the fighting hamsters. It is definitely a strange event, but it is abundant with energy that comes through the page.

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In regard to the illustrations, I wish they had more sharpness. To me, many of the images lack cohesion. Additionally, I wish there was more detail in the backgrounds. This would make the reality Lockjaw is experiencing more immersive. Yes, the coloring makes the world of LOCKJAW #1 more engaging, but I wish there were more substance within the imagery to maintain that.

Overall, just like the narrative, the imagery of LOCKJAW #1 is entertaining. It is fun and full of non-stop energy. However, the issue’s artwork as a whole merely scrapes the surface of what it could be. Hopefully future issues dig deeper and bring more to the panels.

What Lies Beyond

When I first heard about the release of a LOCKJAW series, I could not wrap my mind around why such a series was necessary. Maybe I still can’t. However, I know there are plenty of people who love and admire the loyal bulldog who has been a part of the Inhumans’ history for quite some time now. So, if you are a part of that group, you may very well enjoy this issue and the upcoming installments of this series.

Now, if you are reading this simply out of interest, you may not enjoy LOCKJAW #1 as much.

It’s definitely safe to say this work is targeting a niche audience. Hopefully it gains more substance and provides entertainment like LOCKJAW AND THE PET AVENGERS, a series that was a lighthearted and enjoyable read. This would appease the niche audience and create a story for average Inhumans fans, too.

Lockjaw #1 by Daniel Kibblesmith, Carlos Villa, Chris O'Halloran, & Clayton Cowles
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Despite its quirks and muddled elements, LOCKJAW #1 has a layer of humanity that will primarily appeal to fans of the loyal companion to the Inhumans.
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