Month: September 2010

100 Days, 100 Comics #87: ‘Injury Comics’ vol. 1 #2

Posted by – September 8, 2010

I’m going to miss Buenaventura Press books now that they’ve closed shop. That may mean that Ted May, M. Jason Robards and Jeff Wilson’s Injury Comics vol. 1 #2 was the last BP book I ended up buying new, which is a shame since they were one of the first shopping stops at about any show I’d find them at.

The themes of youth culture, drug culture and deviant behavior that work just as well in Charles Burns’ Black Hole and Johnny Ryan’s Angry Youth Comix surface in this series of scenes about love, guys with shabby mustaches and rock’n roll.

Injury #2 shares a comparable penchant for the surreal with both of those comics, and the enjoyment it provides comes from its ability to shock and parallel the reader’s experience with the mystic mind-expanding world of Black Sabbath fandom. Like some of my other favorite reads from the publisher, this one commits to no genre or general natural rules. It’s an organic experience with a raw sense of humor and loose morals, but it’s fun ride.

100 Days, 100 Comics #86: ‘The Bulletproof Coffin’ #1

Posted by – September 8, 2010

The first two issues of The Bulletproof Coffin by David Hine and Shaky Kane have been sitting on my coffee table for a good two months. I really have no good excuse beyond the fact that I’ve been reading other things that have been piling on top of them and I finally made it down to the bottom of the stack this evening.

Hine deals well with pulp horror and hero elements in the same space, and Kane’s Seth Fisher meets Tales From the Crypt vibe flagged my attention when I picked this up off the rack. One chapter in, the full page-by-page compositions didn’t always sync together smoothly for me, but the individual figures and panels did what they needed to to define the story, and the coloring went a long way in helping it do that.

The story is basically about a guy who rummages through dead people’s belongings, and this sort of origin story introduction explains how he comes into contact with some history and nicknacks that will presumably shape the course of the six-issue miniseries going forward. As far as getting the book off the ground and defining what’s going on, it’s a success with a lively creep factor.