“We3″by Grant Morrison

We3(Author: Grant Morrison) + (Year: 2005) + (Goodreads)


Review:

Not my thing at all.

A friend told me about this, so I decided “Why the heck not?”. But even just the three issues really burdened me. And, sadly, it was not an emotional burden coming from feeling bad for the characters. It was an “I don’t want to read this” kind of burden.

First of all, I hated the art. I couldn’t find a single thing that made me go “Oh, nice”. I’m not sure how to pinpoint what bothered me exactly. I’m not into manga, so my generalization might not be correct, but I felt like this story had this manga style: too glossy, not very artistic, lacking depth, simplistic. I mean… It does the job, sure. But I would never call it good. So I started losing interest from the very beginning.

And then there was the story. I knew the direction in which we were supposed to go, maybe a shy tear going down one’s cheek, or maybe even a small waterfall. But knowing and feeling are different things. Partially because I could feel the emotional manipulation, and partially thanks to the bad art, I just didn’t feel right. Therefore, as much as I wanted to be sad for the poor animals, I wasn’t. If it makes it easier for you, I can say I did. Because I couldn’t really care either way.

This story could have been built in a much better way. Theoretically, the idea behind We3 is both worth writing about, and could make you stop and think. But the execution is so bad that I just wanted it to end as soon as possible, because I could see it’s not doing the proper job.

“Wolf, Vol. 1: Blood and Magic” by Ales Kot

Wolf, Vol. 1: Blood and Magic(Author: Ales Kot) + (Year: 2015) + (Goodreads)


Review:

Not the worst comic book I have read, but definitely going somewhere down there at the bottom.

Wolf is this annoying guy that we all know, who is always trying to tell a story, but is either too drunk or too high, so he can’t really remember what happened, so he just keeps blurting stuff out without any sense or correlation.

Let me explain it to you: “Oh man, there was this burning guy looking at L.A, and then there were these dead dudes, and the creepy little girl, and the dude was talking to the police, and there was the creepy lady, and also a mind-controlling guy in the bus, and this guy got kidnapped, and there was also that other guy who had… whaddaya call ’em… tentacles on his face, oh and there were also some vampires, and the dude is actually immortal, ya know the one who was burning, but he hadn’t always been immortal, because he was in the war in Afghanistan or somethin’, and there was a chick, but forget about the chick ’cause I never met ‘her. And the little girl was the Antichrist, and her grandma was a ghost, and her dad was that evil dude, but not her dad who raised her, her other dad, but there were also these other evil dudes, and the burnin’ guy stopped burnin’ and killed some people… Ah, shit man, I have no idea what happened.”

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If what I just did annoyed you, don’t bother with Wolf.

The illustrations themselves were pretty, but I wasn’t a fan of the coloring methods they chose. Almost every page was in a limited palette of colors, specifically chosen for the page, for example only yellows and browns. Which, I think, took away from the story, because it all looks really toned down and the people are more similar than they should be.

Overall, I didn’t hate it, but I have no intention to go on with it. I would be interested to get some closure, but seeing how the first volume offered only questions and not a single answer, I don’t want to go through another volume that does the same.

“The Lover” by Marguerite Duras

The Lover (The Lover, #1)(Author: Marguerite Duras) + (Year: 1984) + (Goodreads)

(Around the World: Vietnam)


Review:

The prose of The Lover is beautiful. It opens for the reader a window into the sensual thoughts of a young girl, thirsty for passion and desire; haunted by the sad reality in which her family lives, but also obsessed with being loved, being noticed, being adored.

This semi-biographical novel tells the story of young Duras, wild, untamed and passionate. But as far as others see the main character as such, she, herself, is a ghost in this world. She is torn between what she craves in life, and what her duties are. She certainly doesn’t want to do what people tell her, but being born in the time she was, she is not always in control of her life. That role often belongs to her brother, a gambling spoiled brat who respects no one and nothing but his own desires; or her mother, a woman distraught by her poorness, but unable to decline her son’s every wish, be it attention or money.

That being so, the young girl is never really alive, and always too alive, too bright, overshadowing everyone around herself, and drowning in their shadow. And this girl falls in love, or is full of desire for a young Chinese heir who can never be more than her lover. As everything about her, this love is also quite the opposite, it is often a fiery hate. It is doomed, but it can also never be any other way.

Because of that, The Lover is a tragic letter to things lost a long time ago, from that love, to youth, innocence and family comfort.

This book, however, defies my beliefs about humanity. Or rather, what I strive to believe in. I don’t want to fully give in to the notion that people can be as horrible, cruel and cold as they are in The Lover. I remain opposed to the idea that humans can be gorged out of emotions in such a way. I don’t want to believe that beauty can only be found in tragedy. Nor that the human is so selfish and powerless.

“Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope” by Rick Remender

Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope(Author: Rick Remender) + (Year: 2015) + (Goodreads)


Review:

Yeah, no.

It’s sad that two consecutive comic books I read are so bad. Much like ODY-C, Low is a gigantic disappointment, though luckily, not as big.

Low is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which the people have been living underwater for a millennia, in order to hide from the results of war and nuclear weapons. However, in their underwater city fresh air is running out and they are under the danger of dying. This creates a society high on sex and drugs, expecting its end in a morally deprived world of violence and overindulgence.

The one big problem is… there’s nothing but depravity in this comic book. All of the characters are out of their minds, everything is sex, the women look like they have just ran out of someone’s wet dream. The entire volume is so bad and disappointing and boring. There is a side which you are supposed to take, except that there’s nothing to convince you that those people are heroes, or even that you should actually care about them. Especially the son, whatever his name was.

This comic book literally has no redeeming qualities. The art is messy and confusing, and has nothing to offer besides that; the protagonists are flat and lacking anything that would make you root for them, the antagonists are just nasty and gross; the sex is not sexy at all; the story is dull.

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“ODY-C, Vol. 1: Off to Far Ithicaa” by Mat Fraction

ODY-C, Vol. 1: Off to Far Ithicaa(Author: Matt Fraction) + (Year: 2015) + (Goodreads)


Review:

UGH.

This is a strong contender for the worst comic book I’ve read. I’m not sure if it’s the worst one, but if I went back an ranked them, and this was not it, it would not be for the lack of trying.

The story, all on itself, seems like it could somehow work out: female Odyssey (Odyssia, to be precise) in space, shortly after the war in Troiia, is trying to fly home to Ithicaa while the gods are throwing obstacles in her way.

I mean… It has possibilities?

However, this comic book has one single positive side: the colors. They are very vibrant, out there and bordering with psychedelic imagery. That’s it. That’s all the compliments I can give for this volume.

Here’s a list of what I hated about it (which is everything else):

  1. All men have been wiped out of existence. Except for one. Ergo, we have to witness an unnecessary amount of boobs, vaginas, baby-birthing, and all things that should be private, but are shown in this comic book, because it has nothing to offer, outside of shocking images. This includes penises. There is one man, so obviously, we MUST see his penis. No, not really. I didn’t have a particular need for that.
  2. There is a very ridiculous system of women and women who can impregnate themselves, who are other beings, created in a lab. It’s a society in which everyone is a woman, but for some reason, some women have beards? And there are mouths everywhere? Like a serious oral fixation? (images at the bottom)
  3. I did say that it’s colorful, huh? Yeah, well, there’s colorful, and there’s I-ate-some-paints-and-then-fell-sick-and-puked-them-back-out. As in a mess of images, colors, explosions, vaginas, mouths, mouths, more mouths, blood, intestines and tits, and you’re not really sure what you’re looking at. (Sometimes that’s a mercy.)
  4. There’s no actual plot. They tried to create a space Odyssey, but failed to include the story. Some things happen, there’s no narration, the characters barely communicate, there are almost no dialogues, what is in fact written is random gibberish.
    I scrolled randomly an stopped at a random page and this is all the text there was in that page. It’s like this in every page:

    • “Something you must understand,” says the wizard, “Is my star is nothing like yours. This is a thing made for wishing by magicks that only a titan as I could conceive.” “What do you mean?” asks Odyssia.

  5. The entire comic book has NO point, whatsoever. You can take a look at the Goodreads page and how no one actually got what they were reading, because there was nothing to get. This entire comic book is an ego masturbation born out of lack of any good ideas. There’s nothing stylish, or provocative, or imaginative in this book.  It’s, in fact, so dull, that they are urged to throw everything gross, disgusting and unnecessary they have in a futile attempt at keeping the reader’s attention. “This episode has no point. There’s no idea. Oh, damn, what do we do? Here’s some bloody boobs. What? Not enough boobs? More boobs? So, do we have your attention?”

And lest you think that I’m exaggerating or making this up, here’s some pictures for your viewing displeasure.

NOTE: EXPLICIT AND POSSIBLY SPOILERISH ILLUSTRATIONS. (that is to say that this thing barely has a story, but there might be parts of what there is below.)

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