Clue: Candlestick #1
Writer/Artist/Cover artist: Dash Shaw
Editor: David Hedgecock
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Price: $4.99 US
Clue is something of a dichotomous piece of our pop culture history. Though certainly not as well known a board game as, say, Monopoly, there’s something about it that has allowed it to insinuate itself, almost subtly, into the collective consciousness. Its success strikes me as odd, since it’s a child’s game about murder, but it’s definitely stood the test of time. It’s both obscure and familiar all at once, and even inspired a film years ago. Nevertheless, I was surprised to see this comic-book adaptation of the game property, and I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I’m pleased I perused its pages, though, as cartoonist Dash Shaw offers a surreal examination of human intellect, obsession and emotion. This comic book embraces the classic elements of its inspiration even as it deconstructs and satirizes them, while also challenging the reader with its experimental approach to the comics medium and human nature.