Review: Bad Ass Vol. 1 Dead End

Bad Ass Volume 1Bad Ass Volume 1 by Herik Hanna
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bad Ass Vol 1: Dead End is pretty much the definition of shallow comics. The back cover blurb nails it with the Deadpool and Kickass comparisons. No deep philosophical meanings, subtle metaphors, or sophisticated plot layering here kiddies. Just good old fashion, balls out violence and not a whole lot more than that. Which I’m totally cool with.

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Being a fan of “revenge fantasies” I got to likin’ Dead End pretty quick. He’s a wise ass. That scores him some points. He’s definitely not a hero. Calling him an anti-hero is probably a stretch at times too. Jack (that’s Dead End’s real name) has been getting the shit end of the stick for quite a while and he’s out to make up for lost time by havin’ himself a big ole’ helpin’a git-back. He’s got a techie buddy named Terry and a transformer-ish car named Bob to lend a hand along the way. Bob’s got a problem with imported cars that’s pretty funny.

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Bruno Bessadi’s art is sweet. Reminded me a bunch of Carlos D’Anda at times. His character designs were cool and I think that it was his artwork that really won me over with this title. Hope to see more of him on other titles down the road.

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Really not much else to report. I would say check it out if you’re a nerd that got picked on in high school (like me), enjoy mindless action movies, or are a fan of Kickass , because it’s clearly a large part of the inspiration behind this one. And thanks to Jonathan for the recommend!

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Review: Green Hornet #1 by Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith's Green HornetKevin Smith’s Green Hornet by Kevin Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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This is issue #1 of Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet, which I read on Comixology for free! I read it last year, but re read for Green Theme week…that and I couldn’t find just issue one to review…since I didn’t read volume one, just the first issue.

It’s bright colours, splash, flashy, and a few jokes, but seems like Seth Rogen version…I would read more if I could, because my shallow buddies have good things to say…and really, what can you tell from one issue?


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The Boys Vol 9: Garth Ennis is a homophobe. by the aforementioned Homophobic Stunted Growth Sack of Shit.

The Boys, Volume 9: The Big RideThe Boys, Volume 9: The Big Ride by Garth Ennis
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Ugh. This is the worst of Garth Ennis. Overly violent and bloody, meandering, overlong and just full of gay/tranny “jokes” that make it super obvious Ennis is either a serious homophobe, 13 yrs old, or has serious issues with his own sexuality…”there’s more shit on this than Elton John’s cock” really??? That’s fucking genius you dumb twat. Ennis is that guy who tells racist and homophobic jokes but then says it’s ok because he has a gay uncle, or knows a black person.

As for the book, I honestly skimmed more than half of this…Hughie and Annie still have issues, Butcher is still a nasty cunt, the Seven are repulsive, sexual perverts. Honestly, their violence and disregard for life bothers me more than how they like to orgasm.

Vought is evil, there’s gonna be a throw down, Hughie doesn’t belong here, No ones as hard as Butcher…mate. He’s almost more of a bully to Hughie than any of the Bad guys…just end this already. Even the art isn’t strong anymore…not that art needs to be good to show gay sex and bodies blown to bloody bits…

This series should have already wrapped up…it’s tired, derivative of itself, and just here to cash a paycheque. I don’t feel the passion I used to…this just feels phoned in…and way overly long.

Just not worth my effort. I expected a lot more…Preacher is next up, and depending how it goes, Ennis might be moved to my never read again list. Or maybe I’m just not 17yrs old and this shit doesn’t seem cool. Violence language and sex doesn’t a Tarantino make…


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Review: The Boys: Vol. 8 – Highland Laddie; by Garth Ennis.

The Boys, Volume 8: Highland LaddieThe Boys, Volume 8: Highland Laddie by Garth Ennis
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

To quote Wee Hughie: “I Ken sez tis shite”.

This is a diversion from the Boys into a Hughie backstory/sidestory.

It could have been interesting; instead it was a meandering, boring, impossible to understand (literally, the dialogue is stupid, and I grew up with a Scottish Great Gran and neighbours, but I could barely figure some things out).

Throw in 5 issues of Hughie whining about EVERYTHING and I just wanted to bitch slap him like the boring piece of shit he acts like in this.

He visits friends and complains about them, he complains about his parents, he complains about his EX, who then shows up and of course, in a long rambling conversation, manages to get back into his good graces.

It also involves a subplot of Hughie and his mates being the Fucking Hardy Boys or some shit. (yawn) and talking to an older fellow like a free psychiatrist and taking his food for free.

By the end of the book, Hughie is a weeping baby of a pathetic sack. I have no problem emoting, and cry at Christmas commercials, but this volume did nothing but make me skim. I may just be at saturation for Ennis, or maybe it just jumped the shark, but I nearly just walked away from this book, and I’m not sure I want to rush into the rest of the series…

It makes it clear to me, that Hughie is supposed to be our entry point to relating to this, but he’s too boring. This book just highlighted it and did everything in Ennis’ power to undo the last 7 volumes of good work.

I couldn’t suggest any stronger an option to anyone but to skip this and go right to Vol. 9 from 7.

Ugh. Terrible Shite.

Fat jokes, tranny jokes, sex jokes, dumb violence. Either Ennis slipped, or this is just what he’s become and he can’t hide it anymore…I was NOT impressed.


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Review: The Boys Vol. 7 (The Innocents) by Garth Ennis

The Boys, Volume 7: The InnocentsThe Boys, Volume 7: The Innocents by Garth Ennis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I dunno, I didn`t love this one. I`d say probably 3.5 stars.

What I did like is that we finally get the revelation that Hughie`s lady isn`t who he thought she was, but he doesn`t take it well at all…

There`s an evolution in the relationship between the team, as MM calls Butcher out on some assumptions he makes, and Butcher is ready to let Hughie pay for it.
Luckily, there is some relief, but it only subsides long enough for us to see Hughie`s world fall apart.

There`s some more scenes of Supes behaving badly, and it looks like the Homelander is about to go rogue, and maybe take some others with him. We also get a revelation about another member of the Seven and where loyalties really lie…

It will be interesting to see where things go from here…

The only comic relief is from the Female, undercover with the Frenchman, and her antagonizing at the hands of a bully…the thought bubbles of what she`ll do, and how Frenchy responds are the only lightness in this otherwise VERY dark book.

Lots of rape, mentally challenged folks being treated like shit by a big bully, and the collapse of one of the bright lights of the series.
I commend Ennis for not taking the easy way out of that, I just don`t think he would have gone that way.

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Review: Uncanny, Volume One: Season of Hungry Ghosts, by Andy Diggle

Uncanny, Volume 1: Season of Hungry GhostsUncanny, Volume 1: Season of Hungry Ghosts by Andy Diggle
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have to say, this was actually a disappointment…

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I’ve usually really enjoyed Andy Diggle’s work. However, I really tried this because my library’s online catalogue said it was Sean Phillips artwork, but it was only just covers…
That and from where it started, I was hopeful, but it didn’t do what I needed it to do: be great.

This feels like a Brubaker/Phillips book, and that’s a great start, but then it doesn’t follow that up. For every part I liked, there were at least 2 I didn’t.

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