Category Archives: Reviews – AfterShock

Offsprings Eternal

Jimmy’s Bastards Volume 1: Trigger Warning trade paperback
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Russ Braun
Colors: John Kalisz & Guy Major
Letters: Rob Steen
Cover artist: Dave Johnson
Editor: Mike Marts
Publisher: AfterShock Comics
Price: $14.99 US

I have a confession to make: despite my overall appreciation of genre fiction, I have never been a fan of the James Bond films. Not a single one. It’s not the espionage genre that puts me off, per se, but something about the Bond character and concept itself. With Jimmy’s Bastards, writer Garth Ennis plays around with the conventions and clichés of Bond, and his spotlighting of the foibles and flaws of that classic character made for a particularly receptive reader in me.

Since this is an Ennis story, to describe it as being over-the-top would be a massive understatement. Do you find the Kingsman movies too understated? Then Jimmy’s Bastards is probably what you’ve been waiting for. Ennis explores the 21st century culture of offence and sensitivity through the lens of an archetype that represents white privilege and chauvinism. He tears down both sides as he is wont to do. The result is something that makes a Bill Maher diatribe seem mild and politically correct. As such, Jimmy’s Bastards isn’t for everyone, but there is some interesting commentary to be found amid the excesses here.

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Monsters Ink

American Monster #1
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist/Letters: Juan Doe
Cover artists: Juan Doe (regular)/Dave Johnson, Alexis Ziritt & Phil Hester
Editor: Mike Marts
Publisher: Aftershock Comics
Price: $3.99 US

Adding another title to my pull list these days isn’t something I’m quick to do in most cases, given rising costs (especially due to currency exchange rates these days), but the manager of my local comics retailer knows how to pull my strings. He points to a new crime title, written by Brian (100 Bullets) Azzarello and illustrated by Juan (Fantastic Four: Island of Death) Doe, and I’m sunk. As a lover of fine comics storytelling, I’m incapable of turning a blind eye to such a combination. Furthermore, this is an early release from a new publisher — Aftershock Comics — staffed by professionals with solid track records in the industry. While the first issue didn’t blow me away, I have to admit I’m quite intrigued. The harshness and intensity of the characters and circumstances of the plot come as no surprise, given they were crafted by Azzarello, and I definitely what to know more about them and what’s going on. Doe’s art took me off-guard, though, likely due to the fact I associate his style with a lighter tone and energy than the ugly world he help to bring to life here.

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