Are you having too much sex? Are you inundated with offers from beautiful women/men wherever you go? Do you need some form of repellant that fends off the lustrous masses so you can jerk off and watch Firefly again in peace?
THEN READ COMIC BOOKS!
Fun stereotypes aside, comics are awesome, so I figured I’d do a little column about a few books I’ve been reading this week that I think the rest of you may enjoy should you be inclined to dabble in the funny-books.
1. Sex #4 – Joe Casey & Piotr Kowalski
Publisher: Image $2.99
Holy crap this series is good! Only 4 issues in and it’s proving to be one of the most interesting character studies I’ve ever seen in a comic. Although many deem the name a provocative sales hook, it’s nothing of the sort. Sex does include very adult content of a sexual nature in every issue so far. However, it’s never forced and always has context. Despite the name the story, so far at least, isn’t driven by sex at all. Instead, we get a cast of excellently realised characters that riff off common archetypes but maintain a solid spark of uniqueness. Kowalski knocks it out of the park with striking art that really absorbs you into the world. As for that world, think Tarantino let loose in Gotham City. Even the lettering has to be commended here, you won’t have seen anything like it before. I thoroughly recommend picking this up after you’ve hunted down the previous 3 issues. Seriously, GO OUT AND PURCHASE SEX! Wait..what?
2. The Wake #2 – Scott Snyder & Sean Murphy
Publisher: Vertigo $2.99
After the first issue of this 10 part underwater horror series left me a little cold, I decided the creative team was just too star studded for me not to give it another chance after just one issue. Boy, am I glad I came back. Issue #1 did a lot of scene setting and pretty much spent 20 or so pages making introductions. Not that the characters are in any way boring, but when you sign up for some underwater horror action, you sort of want to get straight to the meat. Issue #2 delivers in a big way in that regard. With a great little storytelling device employed on the first and last pages, this comic feels more than worth it’s asking price. As for Murphy’s art, he’s up there with the best of them.
3. X #3 – Duane Swierczynski & Eric Nguyen
Publisher: Dark Horse $2.99
Dark Horse have been putting out a string of great books lately and this 90s revival is most definitely one of them. X is a pretty hardcore vigilante, and by hardcore I mean he takes Batman’s “no killing” policy and kills it in a horribly gory manner. The thing that makes this series stand out is that we don’t get anything (so far, at least) from X’s perspective. Instead, the story is told through the eyes of a young blogger named Leigh who is trying to piece together just who this vigilante is and why he is doing what he is doing. Her eagerness for info lead her to have a run in with X himself in an earlier issue, and this issue mostly deals with the fallout of that fateful encounter. Considering we’re not viewing this story through X’s eyes, we, just like Leigh, never know when X is going to pop up, making the times that he does all the more thrilling. A great story about a good man helping people in gory ways, or an unbalanced psycho getting his kicks, we don’t know yet, but I’m sure we’ll find out.
So there’s three books I enjoyed this week. Try them out. Let me know what you think. Or ignore me entirely and carry on having all of the sex.