Comics reviews after watching Inside Out.

I just saw Inside Out with the lovely Amy, it was absolutely wonderful. I think it might be Pixar’s best film if not it’s at least as good as Up. it’s certainly its most intelligent and maybe it’s most important in terms of how it will help people and more importantly children think about their emotions. With this in mind and due to the fact that I couldn’t stop imagining control panels being operated by various emotions in the heads of everyone I saw on the way home I thought I’d try to review the comics I read this evening from the point of view of my various emotions. Will it work? Will anyone read past this rambling intro? Fuck it I’ll give it a go.

This Damned Band

Dark Horse Comics Issue 1

Joy: I loved this comic! Love, love bloody loved it! It was such a great idea to create a comic in the style of a documentary. It’s so interesting to me as a reader, the way the artwork brings you closer to the action than I think I’ve ever felt in a comic, but also keeps you detached as a viewer. Bravo Paul Cornell for an excellent concept and such great dialogue and thank you Tony Parker for drawing a comic that looks nothing like anything I’ve ever read. Seriously this is so ambitious and you pulled it off with such skill.

Anger: DAMN YOU PAUL CORNELL! THIS IS MAYBE THE BEST IDEA AND I WISH I’D COME UP WITH IT OR HAD THE TALENT TO WRITE IT!!

Fear: People like Mr Browley exist and that’s a very scary thought. Also the fact that you could get super mega high from holding a mushroom is terrifying.

Sadness: I read this first, what if nothing else in my stack lives up to it. Also now I’ve got to wait another month for the next issue.

Disgust: The whole groupie idea makes me feel bad for everyone involved.

Joy: Oh man I almost forgot the discography at the back. So great, such a clever way to add depth to the band’s backstory.

John Flood

Boom Studios Issue 1

Anger: MY WORD! COULD YOU IMAGINE SPENDING TIME WITH JOHN FLOOD? HE’S SO DANM ANNOYING.

Joy: The artwork in this comic is fantastic, I’m so glad that I’m reading another Jorge Coelho comic. Polarity was amazing and if anything I think his art has gotten even better here. I love the way he depicts the permanent dream state of Flood but also gives the rest of the issue a dream like quality. Justin Jordan is a writer who I think excells at creator owned work. The concept here is so damn cool, what if you didn’t need to sleep? What could you accomplish? Could you function properly? Such a cool idea. I am really onboard with this series, I can’t wait to see where it goes.

Disgust: John Flood looks like he smells a bit. You don’t need to sleep but you do need to shower!

Fear: Man that’s one intimidating villain, the idea that someone could be on a countrywide murder spree and not be caught is actually quite realistic given how large and dysfunctional America is.

Sadness: I wish I had this much free time, I would read all of the books too. Thinking about not sleeping is making me sleepy. I wish I didn’t love sleep so much.

Joy: Sleep is awesome sauce!

The Spire

Boom Studios Issue 2

Disgust: Urghhh fart powered flying goblin. Smelliest and probably loudest mode of transportation ever.

Joy: I love getting to explore the world of The Spire each month Si Spurrier and Jeff Stokely have created a wonderfully rich and vivid world with an intriguing mystery. I think Captain Shå might well be my new favourite comics character, she is so badass foul mouthed and she has an eyepatch which is just super cool. I also think it’s great to have such a strong character be in a same sex relationship, comics need more diversity.

The artwork by Stokely is great full of rich detail, he makes each character feel important and gives them all a unique style. André May’s colours are beautiful and Steve Wands lettering woks so well. His choice to make certain words that are either asides or whispers smaller and grey works so well and isn’t something I’ve seen before.

Anger: TAVI…SUCH A DICK!

Fear: What the hell is the device at the end? Is that a bit of brain attached to it?

Disgust: I think it was. Totally grim.

Dark Corridor

Image Comics Issue 1

Disgust: Urghhh dog erection smushed against a window. Not something I needed to see.

Joy: This is a comic I was excited to read when I read the solicit. I love the idea of a crime anthology by the same author.

Rich Tommaso is a fantastic artist and I really like the way the comic had a tone that was at once cinematic and cartoony. His style is unlike anything else I’m reading at the moment. The stories in Dark Corridor don’t appear to be linked at first but then a thread from the first story becomes important in the second. A lovely touch. I’d really like to see where this goes.

Disgust: So. Much. Sweat.

Anger: WOW. SHOOT A GUY WHILE HES ENJOYING A NICE RELAXING MOTORCYCLE RIDE. REAL DICK MOVE BUDDY! I’M GLAD YOU GOT WHATS COMING TO YOU, YOU BELLEND!

Ok so if you made if through the whole thing please know two things: 1) I’m not entirely mental and 2) I probably won’t write another post like this.