Sunday, November 13, 2011

Shatterblog!: Johnny the Homicidal Maniac Review

Look at me, jumping on the image bandwagon...
I was sitting here thinking about what to write, and decided I'd try my hand at a comic review. My next thought was that I ought to review the greatest comic I have ever been privy to.
Which is of course the masterpiece JtHM. It's written by Jhonen Vasquez, whom you may know as the man behind Invader Zim. Johnny the Homicidal Maniac was earlier, and there are a lot of similarities in art. Happy Noodle Boy has all of GIR's random hilarity with more profanity. Win! The art is dark and beautiful, much better than Invader Zim, despite the similarities. J.V. often does borders around images with creepy faces or awesome quoteables (That's a word. Fact.) They're a really nice little bonus. The main story is pretty solid, although it is most certainly not for kids. It's really violent, with a lot of graphic scenes (heads off, eyes rolling around, blood spatter, dismemberment, etc.) and the language can be a little spotty, such as a Pillbury Doughboy with the word FUCK inscribed across his chest. Johnny (Nny) is a pretty whiny emo kid, but I found his insanity to make him genuinely likable. His constant depression can get slightly grating, so if that gets to you you may want to give it a pass. There's a lot of filler content, at least in the Director's Cut, which is spectacular. Nny, the main character, draws a comic, Happy Noodle Boy (mentioned above) which is extremely funny and different. A few other characters show up in filler stuff, and if you enjoy any of that, you might also enjoy Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors, which is almost all filler comics. Those familiar with any of J.V.'s work know he can be extremely funny, which JtHM often isn't. Overall I really love the comic, and would highly recommend it to appropriate audiences. 10/10.

UPDATE: I have copies of J.V.'s other work (Squee!, I Feel Sick, Jellyfist, Bad Art Collection, Filler Bunny) Expect reviews soon

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