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Marshal Law: Fear and Loathing

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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  383 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The big one destroyed San Francisco and the rebuilt city is now called San Futuro. Into this city of genetically-altered superheroes comes Marshal Law who is searching for heroes but he hasn't found any yet.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Titan Books (UK) (first published January 1st 1990)
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J.G. Keely
Marshal Law is a high-octane black comedy, a satire on superheroism which tackles many of the same themes as its contemporary, Moore's much-lauded 'Watchmen'. But while Moore takes a serious, realistic tack in his deconstruction, Mills' satire is much more overt and over-the-top.

Like Moore, Mills is showing how ridiculous it is to take superheroism at face value, and trying to show what people would really be like if they had superpowers: naive, amoral rockstars bent on attacking anyone who
This was published in 1987?!

Can you believe that one year after Watchmen and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns changed the world of comics forevermore Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neil predicted, lampooned, and castrated the very worse aspects and excesses of that very change they ushered in, years before those aspects and excesses became widely apparent in the early nineties!? I speak, of course, of the Dark Age of Comics, which, a few would argue, still hasn't ended.

Mills and O'Neill go beyond refusing
Sep 28, 2010 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I really struggled between 3 and 4 stars on this one and ended up right in the middle at 3.5. My struggle was based in large part between admiration of the talent involved in the story (which was superior) and enjoyment of the story itself (which at the end of the day was "middle of the road").

The story itself, as the introduction to the work makes clear, is really a deconstruction of the super hero genre. It is not an attack on the genre itself but rather on the way heroes have been
Printable Tire
Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a horrible, noxious apocalyptic world these two have created, rife with vein-popping, phallic-oozing, Christ-themed sociopathic superheroes originally created for work in the Nam-like Zone, and the bondage-geared, morally superior but goonish Judge Dredd knockoff Marshall Law set to rid San Futuro of its most undesirable, deranged superhero elements. Drink deep the putrid aroma of every saturated, over-detailed panel, and revel in the rape and destruction of superhero creeps like Sleepman ...more
S. Wilson
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
In hindsight, Marshal Law is what would happen if Alan Moore and Evan Dorkin has a love child and abandoned it in a dumpster. Not only do I mean that as a compliment, but that's also, in a way, what happened. Marshal Law came out in the late eighties, when comic books were reaching a larger readership than ever that included an increasingly adult audience, yet mainstream America was still treating comic books as childish escapism, as was demonstrated by whatever the hell Tim Burton's Batman was ...more
Nov 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, horror
Marshal Law stood out from the many nihilistic characters crowding the pages of late 80s comics. Literally an anti-hero, Law hates and even actively hunts superheroes. Set in San Futuro, a near-future version of San Francisco, Marshal Law: Fear and Loathing collects the first over-the-top storyline (originally published as six issues) of this scathing indictment on religion, establishment politics, war, bigotry, and hypocrisy all wrapped in the cape of super-heroics. Writer Mills, founder and ...more
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This book collects the six issue mini-series that was published in the late eighties by epic and was written by Pat Mills with art by Kevin O'Neill. The pair are both alumni of the British comic 2000AD and collaborated previously on the fantastic Nemesis the Warlock. Mills has written a number of other series for 2000AD including sword and sorcery epic Slaine and ABC Warriors. O'Neill is probably best known these days for his work on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Published just after
Oct 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The Marshal Law books are a blast! What I love so much about this story of a cop who hunts rogue meta-humans is the genuine contempt for super heroes that Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill inject into the series. It seems like it was a huge influence on Garth Ennis' new comic, The Boys, which isn't quite as sharp.
Christopher Grant
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes to see superheroes portrayed the way we all know they would act.
Pat Mills is, was and will forever remain a genius in my mind. Marshal Law is just the tip of the iceberg as far as proof goes.

Between Mills' writing and Kevin O'Neill's outstanding artwork, Marshal Law stands heads above the rest of the superhero disembowelment movement.
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Edición española a cargo de ECC.
Arya Oveissi
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is as bad ass as comics come. Marshall Law has fascinating characters, an original plot, and amazing artwork. At first I found the world this takes place in to be hard to understandchaos for the sake of chaosbut as I got further into the plot, I began to appreciate what was laid out before me. Once I had a firm understanding of who each character was and what they wanted, this story became nearly impossible to put down. The art reminds me of old Frank Miller and the plot feels a bit ...more
João Francisco
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Li a muitos anos atrás, não lembro a data.
Jibreel Chan
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best case against vigilantism. Kurtzman is alive!
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Dikatakan, protagonis cerita ini sangat membenci superhero, orang-orang yang berkeupayaan luar biasa. Kalau saya mahu orang tak pernah baca komik, untuk membenci superhero, inilah bukunya yang saya akan berikan. Agak ironi jika difikirkan untuk penulis mengejek superhero, sudah tentu beliau perlu baca dengan banyaknya komik komik superhero, supaya ceritanya terasa pedasnya. Kalau saya masih boleh tahan dengan cerita cerita ganas, tanpa plot sukar, ternyata ini bukan bukunya. Ceritanya agak ...more
Steven Pilling

I like Pat Mills and i love Marshall Law.

Mills looks at Superheroes and finds them lacking.

What works is a/ you can play guess who Mills is attacking b/ you can enjoy the illsutations of Kevin O'Neill

This is like eating Haribo its not healthy but its ridiculously enjoyable
Guilherme Gontijo
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Great drawing. Great narrative. It offended me at the same time amazed me. One of the most incredible comics I've ever read. Genius sutff here.

WARRANT: this is NOT for everyone. A lot of graphic (physical and moral) violence.
Great hardcover edition containing two volumes: Fear And Loathing, Crime And Punishment.
Charles Gory
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I have owned a few copies of this and lend it up and keep re-buying it. The witting and art are a powerful examination dissection and eventual destruction of the comic stereotype.
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
li faz muito tempo, mas é muito bom e pode ser lido hoje sem problemas.
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Pat Mills, born in 1949 and nicknamed 'the godfather of British comics', is a comics writer and editor who, along with John Wagner, revitalised British boys comics in the 1970s, and has remained a leading light in British comics ever since.

His comics are notable for their violence and anti-authoritarianism. He is best known for creating 2000 AD and playing a major part in the development of Judge

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