This month’s mini graphic novel reviews features some really great discoveries! A few found via Netgalley, and one as part of an online Comic Books course (SuperMOOC²) that Ardo, Christa & I were participating in. (And of which I have failed miserably at keeping up with.)
Suzie discovers that she can stop time when she has sex. When she meets Jon and discovers he has the same ability they team up to see what they can do with their special powers, including rob banks. Volume 1 collects issues #1-5.
What a unique premise for a story. If it wasn’t for the online comic course, and the fact that I’m a new Matt Fraction fan (thanks to Hawkeye), I probably would never have discovered this. Not having read the full synopsis beforehand, it did take me a moment (and a doubletake) before realizing that that was actually their “super power” ability. It’s definitely for a mature audience, with a good story and humourous dialogue. It’s described as a “sex comedy”, and it certainly is that.
Following the adventures of Lewis and Clark as they explore uncharted land in 1804, this tells the stories of the creatures and horrors they encounter. Volume 1 collects issues #1-6.
The cover art had me wondering whether I would enjoy this or not, but it ended up being a really good story. The two explorers with their crew, which includes some criminals, go venture into some pretty wild territories. It takes a bit of history and mixes it up with supernatural horror in a similar vein as the classics/horror trend (Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). That being said, while I haven’t read the aforementioned books, I have heard they’re not very good. Manifest Destiny is pretty good. Perhaps that’s where those books went wrong – they should have been released as graphic novels.
Synopsis from Goodreads: Join Johnny Boyo and Deacon as they cruise the intergalactic superhighways in search of legendary ingredients and amazing adventure. Collects Volumes 1 and 2.
I generally write my own synopsis but I didn’t even know where to begin with this one. Maybe it was in the electronic copy I reviewed it on but this was so hard for me to follow. The art has a cutesy grotesque look to it, which reminded me a bit of Garbage Pail Kids at times, and there was often so much random strange detail in the panels that I wasn’t sure what I was looking at. While some of the dialogue was chuckle-worthy, I have to admit that I really did not know what was going on for the majority of this collection. Based on the Goodreads synopsis, it sounds like a truly bizarre romp of randomness and… cooking?