Sadly King City landed in the latter camp for me. Graham clearly put a lot of himself and ...more
I've written before about expectations and how they cheat us of our reading experiences. Whether a positive or negative bias, these prejudices do unquestionable damage to the natural formation of opinion. A strong positive predisposition toward a book can push us to massage problems in a work to reflect our existing good will toward it—or, if the work too abruptly veers from our expectations, those expectations can lead to a sense of betrayal that wouldn't otherwise come about. A negative feelin ...more
King City stars an … uhm … Expert Thief/Escape Artist/Cat Master/Dude. I said Ca ...more
What I liked:
The story was not predictable. That's always a good thing.
The artist has a clear knowledge of anatomy and movement, and he wasn't afraid to break the rules. The figures are well-drawn and never stiff.
All the characters have distinct personalities. That's also always a good thing.
A great deal of creativity went into this book, from the weird use of a cat as an
In concept, this story is something I should've enjoyed greatly: a cat is used as a multi-function weapon/tool and there are lots of visual and linguistic puns heavily sprinkled throughout. I think the reason the book fell flat for me, though, is because there's a great universe here to explore and expand upon, but the story focuses on four central c ...more
Regular readers of Comic POW know I’m a huge fan of Brandon Graham. When I discover a new creator that I like, I tend to binge on their works. Fortunately for my bank account, Brandon Graham has a pretty small canon of work in which he is both writer and artist. Prior to working on Multiple Warheads his major non-porn was was King City.
King City started off on Tokyo Pop and the ...more
And the puns. So many puns. ...more
In many ways I’m glad that I read this after I’d read Brandon Graham’s later work (his take on Rob Liefeld’s Prophet, his editing work for Island, and his most recent creation Multiple Warheads) because King City stands head and shoulders above his subsequent work.
This blends East Asian comics style with street art in the way that late ‘90s and early ‘00s American pop culture loved, but at the same time, the wo ...more
Graham is endlessly creative here. Each page is packed with jokes and sci-fi goodies, and following King City's signage and graffiti is fun. He even includes c ...more
Brandon Graham uses the medium here to its full potential. It really feels like he has had a ball creating every panel. This book is a total joy to read. Its full of jokes, imaginative plots and action, sexy women and even a crossword and board game!
The idea of the cat masters is brilliant and hilarious, and is not the only star of the story. The city of King City itself is greatly imagined and realized, lovingly bought to life with e ...more
I didn't know what to expect from this one, a collection written and illustrated by a dude who was making his nut drawing pornographic comics, but wow.
If you're into punky, Transmetropolitan-type stuff, this is a great read. It's creative, new, and almost every page has something new to offer, whether it be a zombie war in Korea or a cat that can duplicate a key by swallowing it.
With this kind of comic, I often worry that it will just come out like a bunch of nonsense, a bunch of cool ideas ...more
Awesome artwork, zany story, ridiculous puns. SO MANY PUNS.
On the artwork: one can spend a long, long time digging through backgrounds for jokes.
My only gripe is that while the art on the male characters is fun, varied, and interesting, the female characters are all essentially T&A, with the same face, pouty lips, curvy bodies, and only minor distinctions. Ok, maybe this doesn't apply to the one character that was designed by the author's girlfriend, but even ...more
Born in Oregon, Graham grew up in Seattle, Washington, where he was a graffiti artist. He wrote and illustrated comic books for Antarctic Press and Radio Comix, but got his start drawing pornographic comics like Pillow Fight and Multiple Warheads (Warheads would go on to become its own comic published by Oni Press in 2007). In ...more