Footprints answers the age old question, “What would Bigfoot be if he was part of everyday society?” Well, a noir detective investigating the murder of his brother, Yeti with the help of the Loch Ness Monster, Chupacabra, Jersey Devil and Megalodon of course. Yeah, Footprints is that kind of crazy unique. It’s a fun book that takes the Hellboy, X-Files vibes and makes them something freakishly monstrous.
Footprints is a crazy concept brought to us by the interesting writing of Joey Esposito. While it’s clearly tapping into current trends in comics, it fits right into these worlds in its own moody way. Bigfoot skulks around in his Fedora and trenchcoat, enlisting the help of monster-friends that should hate him for his brooding mistreatment but because he is who he is, they are compelled to do what they can. Something that is both funny and quirky about the book is the ways that Esposito forces these different monsters to interact with each other through tanks of water and the strange ability to shrink as if these things are everyday and perfectly normal – it’s fun.
Visually, Footprints is dark, brooding, digital painting from Jonathan Moore – perfectly appropriate for this twisted noir. Moore works really hard to bring humanity to this crazy cast of monsters and it generally works really well including his illicit attempt to make Loch Ness sexy – is that a sick thing to say? Anyway, Footprints is a really out-there and enjoyable book that takes trends in today’s comics one step further.