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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Review: Chapterhouse - The Pitiful Human-Lizard #15

Lucas Barrett tries to enjoy a night off in the latest issue of Jason Loo's The Pitiful Human-Lizard from Chapterhouse Publishing.

One week after an alien attack, Lucas finds himself preparing for the arrival of his family, who are heading to Toronto to celebrate his mother's birthday. Prior to the engagement, Lucas finds himself crossing paths with Trey, his artsy next door neighbor who his suffering some serious remorse after coming under possession from the gold. Lucas takes a few moments to assure his neighbor that he still has a chance to make amends for his actions and informs him that he's always available to talk if Trey ever needs someone to confide in should these feelings come up again.

The issue than takes us to a local Toronto pub where Lucas meets up with his parents, sister and her two children. The remainder of the issue takes place here and sees Lucas simply trying to enjoy a night out with family - despite being relentlessly harassed by his hugely successful sister over his actions as the Human-Lizard. Additionally, Lucas finds his attentions divided between his family members and the arrival of the  Terrorno Grrls, who've also apparently decided to take the night off and enjoy the Raptors game at the pub.

Despite the fact that all remains calm and quiet, Lucas finds himself unable to let himself relax with his foes sitting at the bar across from his table - this regardless of the fact that they've never seen the hero outside of his costume. Eventually, the girls leave for the evening without stirring up any trouble and Lucas is finally able to relax and enjoy the evening. Lucas and sister Janine finally come to an agreement to let each other live their lives as they see fit and the issue concludes with the family preparing to spend the remainder of the evening together.

Issue #15 of The Pitiful Human-Lizard takes a break from all the superheroing and instead decides to remind readers that all heroes have lives and alter ego outside of their costumed personas - one oftentimes far less glamorous than many would believe. While this issue is free of all the heroics fans have come to know and love from books like these, Jason Loo has crafted a wonderful tale that takes time to humanize those behind the masks - be they heroes or villains.  

Rating: 4/5 - "In an issue completely free of heroics, Jason Loo does an excellent job of humanizing those behind the masks."

The Pitiful Human Lizard #15 is available now wherever fine comic books are sold!

And, if you're looking for more Chapterverse adventures, be sure to pop on over to the official Chapterhouse Publishing website.
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