REVIEW: ‘Bad Luck Chuck,’ Issue #3

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Bad Luck Chuck #3

Bad Luck Chuck #3, which is published by Dark Horse Comics, is written by Lela Gwenn, illustrated by Matthew Dow Smith, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, and lettered by Frank Cvetkovic. One of the more unique powersets that doesn’t seem to appear in comics often is the ability to cause bad luck. It might not seem like the most prominent power to give to the main character of a series. There have been heroes who have had powers of luck, but I haven’t seen many powers that revolve around back luck.

However, the Bad Luck Chuck series manages to incorporate bad luck in such a special and innovative manner. In the previous two issues, readers are introduced to Charlene “Chuck” Manchester who has the ability to cause bad luck around her. She uses this power as a way to make a living. She’s hired by Mrs. Afolayna to rescue her daughter from the cult she’s joined. However, things take an unexpected turn as Mrs. Afolayna had secret intentions for wanting her daughter to come back home.

This issue picks up with Chuck being arrested after successfully destroying the warehouse. Her power to cause bad luck seems to have finally landed her in a situation she might not be able to get out of. All of her enemies are confident that they have gotten rid of her for good. However, Chuck won’t let this be the end for her. Against her better judgment, she seeks out help from allies that she distanced herself from a long time ago.

Bad Luck Chuck #3
From “Bad Luck Chuck” #3 – Lela Gwenn (Writer), Matthew Dow Smith (Artist), Kelly Fitzpatrick (Colorist), and Frank Cvetkovic (Letterer).

The developing friendship between Chuck and Fayola has been one of the better elements of the series overall. Their relationship takes a giant leap forward when Chuck decided to use her one phone call to contact Fayola and ask for help. After all, Chuck could have just chosen to walk away from helping her and Fayola could have left town without having any regrets. It will be interesting to see how this is handled, or if it’s even explained in future issues. However, I would expect for this to at least come up in a conversation between them.

I wasn’t quite sure how much world building would be done in the series since it seemed to be focusing on Chuck and Fayola. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the different aspects of this world that were introduced to the development of aspects that were already introduced. More of Chuck’s past is introduced, which aims to make readers empathize more with her. The power and influence that her enemies have is another aspect that’s developed more in this issue. It does an incredible job with setting up the kinds of challenges that Chuck will face and what the stakes will be.

I can say with full confidence that I had a blast reading this comic. On top of the unique portrayal of causing bad luck as a power, the overall story is just fantastic. The creative team has done a phenomenal job in creating an intriguing series. There’s no doubt that the story is about to pick up very quickly.

Bad Luck Chuck #3 is available now wherever comic books are sold.

Bad Luck Chuck #3


On top of the unique portrayal of causing bad luck as a power, the overall story is just fantastic.