Review – Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #1

Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #1
Boom Studios

Written by Tyson Hesse
Art by Tyson Hesse
Colors by Mariel Cartwright
Letters by Jim Campbell

Some people have their head in the clouds.  That is literally, and figuratively, the case for Dee Diesel in this new limited series from Boom Studios.  She is the last of her family line, living in a floating city above the clouds called Peacetowne.  Quickly we find out this is your classic “she’s too young to be any good at anything” stories that we tend to see in a lot of animated movies and TV shows…or is it?  There really are a couple of views that readers could take in this story.

Yes Dee is young, and completely full of energy.  The way I see it, you’re either going to love Dee for her youthful exuberance or be completely 100% annoyed by her constantly.  For the captain of the ship, it is definitely the latter.  I found Dee mostly charming, and actually reminded me a lot of Vanellope Von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph.  She just wants to be great, and she wants people to know it.  Then the issue takes a dramatic turn from her antics to a threat that could destroy the entire floating city.  What happens next may literally drive the course of the remaining issues, we just don’t know how yet.

For Tyson Hesse to tackle both the writing and the art in this series was very impressive.  Neither element really suffered, as the humorous dialogue mixed well with the Dragon Ball style art.  I definitely got a good laugh at the titles of a couple of the captain’s books and thought Rickets added even more charm and gave Dee someone to talk to.  Much like how Dee is trying to live up to her father, this book has to live up to a lot of the Disney-like storytelling that it seems to be embarking on.  Call me cautiously optimistic that it works out for the better.

Rating: PICK UP