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The Death-Ray by Daniel Clowes
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Feb 15, 12

Read from February 12 to 15, 2012

Daniel Clowes's attempt at a superhero story comes with his usual visual flare, non-linear sequencing and darkly comic view of humanity. Andy is a geeky, but seemingly normal teenage boy who befriends a misanthropic punk named Louie. Louie's jaded worldview and penchant for cigarettes rubs off on straight-laced Andy who unknowingly releases a dormant gene that gives him superhuman strength. Along with his new nicotine-activated superpower comes a late gift from his dead father - a death-ray gun. Andy and Louie decide to "fight crime", punishing their high school tormentors, petty drug dealers and anyone with whom they have some sort of grudge. Clowes presents a timeline that jumps back and forth between Andy's pathetic adult life and misspent teenage years as an avenger. There are droll moments and interesting points made about humanity, which are Clowes's strong points. But overall, "The Death-Ray" feels a little too dark and depressing given the seemingly humorous premise.
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