Finished this last night, but I need to think about it a bit more. I might amend my score. There's parts of this I really like, but in context they juFinished this last night, but I need to think about it a bit more. I might amend my score. There's parts of this I really like, but in context they just seem so shallow. I don't know. Also Meg might as well have been named Tumblr....more
Big American Corporation creates a Clone Jesus to star in his own Truman Show, and they hire an Irish equivalent of The Punisher to be his bodyguard.
TBig American Corporation creates a Clone Jesus to star in his own Truman Show, and they hire an Irish equivalent of The Punisher to be his bodyguard.
There's a reference to Robocop early on, which is appropriate because like the film, this is a satire on conservative America, elite private businesses, and the media. There's some especially good moments of wit on display in the dialogue-- for example, an executive wanting to make the eyes of the messiah clone blonde, when it's not even in his genes. I shall take this time to admit I laughed when a polar bear named Cola appears.
Of course, what I like more than Murphy's dialogue is his art, which looks great here. I have not read Joe the Barbarian (his previous comic written by Grant "I created Comics" Morrison), but I can't help but wonder if the choice to publish this in black and white had to do with his experiences on that book. Regardless, it serves him well and I'd hate to see Vertigo's harsh colors on his art.
As the ridiculous title may have spoiled for you, Clone Jesus eventually joins a band, and it's here that things lose my interest. Satire is dropped for a story that is essentially about faith-- following and losing it. I wouldn't say it's preachy, but it's not engaging. And not to spoil anything, but Murphy couldn't help inserting supernatural elements into the story that only seem to be there to manipulate the characters deus ex machina style.
I'd probably buy up a page or two if I ran into Sean Murphy at a con....more
I admit having to read this book 6 times, and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about the final page. This is Gilbert Hernandez at his most LynchI admit having to read this book 6 times, and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about the final page. This is Gilbert Hernandez at his most Lynchian, doing his version of a 70's exploitation art film. And as you'd expect, this isn't easy to follow.
Chance in Hell follows a woman named Empress through three periods of her life-- as a child, living in what I can only describe as a post-apocalyptic junk yard, as a teen where she is living in the city in under the care of a poetry translator, and as an adult where she is married to a lawyer currently engaged in a court battle against a child predator.
It's not an easy book to read, made more complex by the dream-like structure. At times you're not sure if the comic is moving forward in time or suddenly flashing back. By the end of the book, Empress is having hallucinations where she interacts with her child self, and it becomes impossible to be sure what is actually taking place. A film like Robert Altman's 3 Women might be a good comparison, for it's surreal pacing and the way the film seeks to represent three stages of life (youth, adolescence, adulthood).
If this all sounds pretentious and unappealing, you're absolutely forgiven. This isn't the same experience as reading Duck Feet or Love and Rockets X, but it's rewarding to see Beto's progression as an artist. Your mileage will vary, of course....more
This is a procedural drama where a group called the Anti-Cyber Crimes Task Force goes after a terrorist by the name of Paperboy. Paperboy is this mystThis is a procedural drama where a group called the Anti-Cyber Crimes Task Force goes after a terrorist by the name of Paperboy. Paperboy is this mysterious figure streaming videos of himself dispensing his own vigilante justice, such as sodomizing a man that harassed a rape victim online.
The description makes this sound like Death Note if it had been written by social justice bloggers, but it's a bit less exciting than that. I'm starting to think comic books just aren't a good medium for procedural dramas due to the amount of exposition contained in books like these. It's not interesting to read, and the crimes committed by Paperboy (at least in this volume) are hardly cathartic....more