People who have read the UK comic “VIZ” should feel right at home with “Dicks”. It features the same profanity, nudity, gore, questionable subject matter and simplistic comic style B/W artwork. It does have its funny moments and the main story isnt half bad but I think Garth tries too hard to be shocking and gross.
Dicks is set in Northern Ireland and is supposed to be the story of a couple of dead beat Private Investigators. All the characters feature strong accents that might confuse some readers and bewilder others. Fortunately Avatar included a dictionary in the back to help people understand what they are saying. The artwork is quite grotesque and we can be thankful that it isnt in full color. It portrays many body parts and functions that are better left up to the imagination and acts of extreme violence and depravity. It is definitely not a book to read in a public place.
There is something in this TPB to offend everybody and it most certainly isn’t for kids. There were certain sections where I laughed out loud and others where I thought “I cant believe they just put that in print”. It is Definitely not one of Garth’s best peices of work but it isnt actually a bad read. If you liked early VIZ comics and you have a sick and twisted sense of humor you might well like this. [ISBN-1-59291-004-1]. 5/10
Filed under: 5 stars, Bagus Hutomo, M. Zachary Sherman, Mark Long, Nick Sagan
Shrapnel is set on the planet Venus in the year 2250. The Solar Alliance of planets have decided they wish to take over Venus and figure out the planets militia will be no match for their space marines. They didn’t count on one of the Marines ex top commanders who is hiding out on the planet taking control of the army and fighting back. This book was a huge disappointment for me. The idea for the story sounded good and the cover art was very eye catching but the execution left me cold. The artwork inside is very dark and very muddy. It is almost impossible to figure out what is happening in the lengthy battle scenes and the speech bubbles don’t help much. The artwork in this book gave me a headache. The art looks pretty but surely the point of a graphic novel is to tell the story in both words and pictures and for me it really didn’t work at all. The story itself was average. [ISBN-13: 978-1935417019]. 5/10
The playwright is a dark, romantic comedy about the sex life of a celibate, middle-aged man. The book is printed as if it is a collection of newspaper comic strips with text above the panels and the words in a series of introspective monologues. The book is illustrated in an artistic water color fashion and the art style fits the story well. The Playwright is semi erotic and has quite a lot of nudity but it isn’t pornographic. The nudity is done in an artistic way so it isn’t shocking but you still wouldn’t want to read it on a train. A good book but for some reason it never really captured me. [ISBN-13: 978-1603090568] . 5/10
Collects the contents from the Clerks, Chasing Dogma and Bluntman & Chronic books together with one new story and a 15-page, never before reprinted story. I am a big fan of the Jay and Silent Bob movies and some of the same style of humor comes across here. A good book for Kevin Smith fans but nothing special. [ISBN-13: 978-0936211787]. 5/10
Filed under: 5 stars, Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neil, League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen