Edit: I re-read this the other day and it was quite a different experience. The first time I read this I was 1...moreClassic. Dark humor. Personal favorite.
Edit: I re-read this the other day and it was quite a different experience. The first time I read this I was 15. It helps to read this at 15 when you're full of angst. I mean, I still love and enjoy it for the ridiculous amount of unnecessary brutal murders on nny's part ("STOP TRYING TO BRING BACK BELLBOTTOMS!" *MURDERS*), but all the quasi-deep things that nny says don't seem very deep anymore. I was like, that SOUNDS nice, Vasquez, but I think you're trying too hard to sound fancy. ALSO, this graphic novel was published before EMO was all the rage, and I read it before emo was all the rage, so I think that's part of what made it lamer. Back in 1997, "people" like nny were just morose, but by today's standards, nny is just a little emoface. (Except when he's killing). (less)
Possibly even better than JTHM, though it's hard to say. Squee is adorable. The second like.. half of the book, are just random comics that are unrela...morePossibly even better than JTHM, though it's hard to say. Squee is adorable. The second like.. half of the book, are just random comics that are unrelated to squee. So if you don't like him (which I can't imagine why) you'd still like it. (less)
This may be the best graphic novel I've ever read. Hard to say for sure but it's definitely up there. Also, it's up there as far as excellent memoirs...moreThis may be the best graphic novel I've ever read. Hard to say for sure but it's definitely up there. Also, it's up there as far as excellent memoirs go, as well. (less)
WOW. Holy fuck. 6 STARS (yes I'm giving in an additional star- because this book now takes the cake for making me laugh out loud more often and harder...moreWOW. Holy fuck. 6 STARS (yes I'm giving in an additional star- because this book now takes the cake for making me laugh out loud more often and harder than any other book has). It was always when Hothead violently killed people, too. Like..a guy sat down next to her on a bench and his foot was touching hers.. so, without saying anything, she got out an axe, chopped his leg off, and then chased him with it screaming MY SPACE GET OUT OF MY SPACE.. and then clobbered him on the head with his own severed leg. This is the kind of thing I fantasize about in my real life and it was nice to see.
So, the best part is the senseless violence.. and even better.. the violence against the horrible homophobic white people, that is, the more.. sense-ful type. I know some people probably read this and complain like "NOT ALL WHITE PEOPLE ARE EVIL".. and these people need to lighten up and realize... I don't think the book claims that.. it's a comic. And in a lot of ways its a catharsis for the author, (and in turn the reader, that is, if they agree with the political stance) who obviously feels really exasperated living in what is (really!) a heterosexist, homophobic, society. And I don't blame her... and the people are supposed to be caractures.. of course white men don't go around saying "I'm white and I think i'm better than you and I beat my wife and I'm going to tell you what to do". That's to make it CLEAR... and of COURSE the ideal solution for dealing with this isn't, you know, literally castrating them. It's a comic. And it's badass. And hilarious. And hothead and her cat are my heroes. (well, I guess, the creator of 'em, DiMassa).
Only negative: sometimes the author just dropped the linear, logical (well, as logical as it could be given it has so much killing and cartoonish violence) storytelling method and went on weird little existential-crisis-rants with Hothead jumping into black holes and talking to lamps.. and that wasn't the best part BUT it was still cool. Also, I think I missed the setup to some of it b/c I haven't read the first installment of this (BUT I DEFINITELY WILL).
Oh and I should add... though it lessened towards the end (or perhaps I just got used to it).. there is a lot of really graphic, unpleasant matters dealt with. Not the depictions of violence(that, actually, could have been bloodier, I thought, but that's just a personal preference), but the issues dealt with. (Such as rape, violence against women). A couple times I was actually kind of surprised with the super blunt way she dealt with the matters. Surprised, but I appreciated it. Because it's much awesomer to just SAY it than be cute and sidestep around the issue.
It started out so cutely and well drawn.. and I guess it remained both of those things. But the cuteness, at a certain point (the point of teenager-ho...moreIt started out so cutely and well drawn.. and I guess it remained both of those things. But the cuteness, at a certain point (the point of teenager-hood) was no longer cute to me. (All the stuff that took place in childhood, however, I thought was well done- especially the portrayal of adults). The lack of me finding it cute was largely because I couldn't relate (I WAS NEVER THAT CUTE OR INNOCENT). Also, I lack the ability to empathize with the main guy's struggle with his relationship with "god". Either cuz I've never faced a similar problem, being an athiest, or (more likely) I'm being unsympathetic. Cuz I wanted to like it more.. the book is sweet... just not my cup of tea (HMCLICHE!). Speeeaking of cliche, some of the phrases, while probably sincerely meant, manage to be nothing more than cliche, and thus I was incapable of doing anything other than glossing over them vacantly. SORRY authorman, but that's why it's generally discouraged to use cliches. So yeah... I recommend this for anyone who is less of a douche than me. ALSO, secret message to main character cartoon man: STOP BURNING THINGS.
EDIT: Upon lookin' at others reviews, I realized that one reason perhaps the whole religious struggle didn't work for me.. was because it was so abrupt. It seemed shallow.. he went from being a Jesus-freak to.. not so much. For no *real* reason, as far as I could tell. It probably would have been interesting to see the reasons behind his change. (less)