Aidan Casserly’s “Scapula” is a fantastic, twisted and warped comic that is filled with wondrous characters rendered in an original style that is a delight to the eye. Aidan himself must have a dual personality as from my discussions with him on Twitter, he seems an intelligent and funny guy, yet “Scapula” is filled with all types of perverse references that make you laugh then think almost immediately “Why did I laugh?”
So, what is “Scapula” that has this old fart simultaneously laughing out loud and then going “What the hell?” Scapula is a 36 year old super villain whose real name is Edward. Despite his many attempts, Scapula fails at becoming the crime boss of the city he lives in. You get a taste of this from the very first comic back in 2008 when Scapula robs a band and ends up with nothing buy a pile of dog poo instead of cash. It is this sense of failure, not being a perfect villain, which actually draws you into Scapula’s world. In a slightly disturbing way, we relate to Scapula.
Aiden’s ability to draw fantastic expressions with comic aptitude amazes me. It’s what, if you’ll pardon the accidental pun, drew me into the comic in the first place. These aren’t static panels, no; they’re wild, abundantly visual attacks on your neurons. From wide eyed “What?!” to simple “oh man” expressions, Aidan has them all down, especially Scapula’s angry face.
Don’t get me wrong, I love “Scapula” and the cutting edge humor Aidan possesses. It’s the risks he takes being so edgy that keeps me coming back time and time again. Like clockwork, every Sunday “Scapula” updates with a full page colored comic.
Aidan himself is a talented illustrator and animator by day and it shows in “Scapula”. I think you will find Scapula and his band of monsters and fiends a worthy addition to your RSS reader. You can find Aidan on Twitter under the handle of @DadaHyena .