Dr Love Wave and the Experiments #1 – The Comic Book Answer to The Butthole Surfers

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Dr Love Wave and the Experiments #1 – Review 

Dr Love Wave and the Experiments is a Freaky Science Fiction Comic Book highly influenced by the Surf Rock Music Subgenre. It is written by Greg Gustin, with art by V. Gagnon and Lettering by Joamette Gill.

Synopsis:

In short, DR. LOVE WAVE AND THE EXPERIMENTS tells the story of Milt Summers and his sci-fi surf rock band of the same name. On the one-year anniversary of his mother’s death, all Milt wants to do is play his way through the pain, but when an invasion force of water-stealing aliens arrives in his hometown of Madre Bay, a Musically Inclined Killer Android (MIKA) makes other plans for him. Soon, Milt will have to decide between continuing to move idly through his life, or finding it within himself to fight through his grief!

Dr Love Wave and the Experiments Issue 1 is available on Comixology and Gumroad.


Dr Love Wave and the Experiments #1, cover courtesy of Kickstarter
Dr Love Wave and the Experiments #1, cover courtesy of Kickstarter

Dr Love Wave and the Experiments #1 Story

Dr Love Wave and the Experiments #1 is a bizarre science fiction tale involving a Surf Rock band, water stealing aliens and a musically inclined killer Android. The protagonist, Milt, who lost his mother a year prior to the events of this issue is inclined to play alongside his band ‘Dr Love Wave and the Experiments’ and jam through the emotional pain. Despite the all sorts of what the fuckery that ensues. 

Comic book writer Greg Gustin does a fantastic,if not extremely peculiar job, at linking three highly unlikely elements of Science Fiction to one another. Although, I find myself engaging more with the utter sadness of Milt’s loss, than I do with the multi-tentacled water stealing aliens. In fact, the musical element and jamming through ones own emotional heartbreak is by far the highlight of the issue. 

Dr Love Wave and the Experiments #1 Art

V. Gagnon’s art in Dr Love Wave and the Experiments has a way of blending the average with the psychedelic. Their extreme virtuoso of colours over a plain, jagged line work of human faces, shapes and sizes, leaves an air of 1960s and 1970s film clip nostalgia. 

Gagnon’s style is the type of Psychedelic Rock that takes you on a LSD out of body experience. This is easily the Indie Comic Book answer to The Butthole Surfers. A Psychedelic Riff Raff brought to heel through the measured calm of Joamette Gill’s lettering chops.

Dr Love Wave and the Experiments #1 Conclusion

Greg Gustin’s Dr Love Wave and the Experiments is a sinful celebration of Psychedelic and Surf Rock. Brought into a clear focus with the melancholy of his protagonists heartache. This Indie Comic is chaotic and out of control. A chaos that’s conducive to a bouncing off the walls fun reading experience. 


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