Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Kagan McLeod
“Wizards just got a whole lot more sexier.” Kaptara #3 brings Keith and his pals to the unchanted forest where they run into a nasty group of garbage trolls, otherwise known as Glomps. While the previous issues suffered from not having enough to make it stand out, Kaptara #3 succeeds in delivering an interesting story and developing its characters.
There’s a lot to like about Kaptara #3. Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod have created an imaginative tale with fun characters and ridiculous situations. The Glomps are disgusting but hilarious at the same time, using obscene language that is apparently too much for even Chip to type on paper. The Glomps feel like they deserve better than what they have, though their awfulness and inability to actually keep their species together says otherwise. All of this makes for some of the most hilarious banter in the series so far. From here, the story moves forward as the group is tasked with finding Melvin, a wizard ho apparently has it out for the Glomps. The new character is just as wacky as you would expect, and has a hilarious amount of energy for a man his age.
During the trip, the reader will get to learn more about Keith’s party and those around him. Zdarsky shows his ability to create characters that readers care about and relate to, and once again shows that he is not only good at writing jokes. Manton in particular really stands out in Kaptara # 3 as has shares a few great moments with Keith and She-La.
Kagan McLeod’s characters all look fantastic. The designs are all unique and no one is boring to look at. There is plenty of diversity not only in the characters, but in the environments as well. The biomes in Kaptara are colorful, full of blues and purples that add wonder and the sense of magic to the world. The panels are full of little things for the reader to catch, especially in Melvin’s tower. It’s clear that a lot of work was put into making this issue look great, and McLeod is starting to really stand out from his peers.