This Week’s Comics: A Visitor From The 90s / From The Future – Slog
Your duty for this weekend is to watch the movie Brazil, and not to feel too guilty if you want to fast forward in the last 20 minutes. The film, mostly directed by Terry Gilliam and released in 1985, is technically sci-fi as it takes place in the future, but the longer I live beyond 1985 the more it feels like a documentary to me. .
This is my very devious and pretentious way of saying that this week my copy of Outlook decided to update itself, and in the process cleared all my filters and folders, throwing away my already thinly organized workflow. in a sort of chaos that looks like every entry in my life has been tied to a rumbling sewer line.
That, plus the fact that we’re heading into a long weekend, plus the fact that it’s only a slow week for the comics, which is why I’m only reviewing one book this week. Hopefully everything will be back to normal by next Wednesday and we will enter the holiday season with our inboxes tidy and compliant technology. I wouldn’t hold my breath, however. These sewer lines look like they’re here to stay.
Thanks as always to Phoenix for browsing this week’s outings! And have a nice local comic day.
GRRL SCOUTS: STONE GHOST
I was just talking to a friend about Jhonen Vasquez’s lol-so-random comics from the 90s, Squee! and Homicide maniac johnny, both precursors of his show a little more family Invader Zim, I was therefore already in the right state of mind to receive this worthy contemporary. Originally from the 90s under the title Girl Scouts before the real Girl Scouts ask her not to please, the series is a marvelous riot of random psychedelic violence and scribble art that goes from doodle style to splashy collages. In this story, a calm young bounty hunter leaves a bustling bar somewhere in a future spaceship and alien in search of a career while also being unwittingly hunted by other sinister forces. It’s not the most innovative premise, but the oddly scribbled art, which looks like something you’d find scratched into the wall of a haunted house, offers a lot of visual interest to make up for what is initially a predictable plot. (Collectors, keep your eyes peeled for the cover of the Peach Momoko variant.) A mid-point twist, which is told in a flashback that is creatively rendered as a simple line drawing on paper notebook, lands a sophisticated emotional punch, so keep your eyes peeled for that, too. The style of Scouts Grrl is very lovable or hated, especially when it comes to cute and precious dialogue. Even the coarse lettering sometimes feels like it’s challenging you to keep reading. But there is an explosive momentum in the story, a weirdness in the vision, and a real mystery in the final pages that makes me happy to see creator Jim Mahfood cook once again with such unique and rebelliously bizarre ingredients.
Rating: 👧👧👧👧👧 (5/5)
Creator, writer, illustrator: Jim Mahfood. Book design: Carmen Acosta. Logo creation: Adam Dumper. Variant cover: Momoko fishing. Director: Tricia Ramos. Special thanks: Justin Stewart.
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Another story from the future came out in paperback this week – Geiger, which I was happy to review number 1 here. Nerds will be delighted to hear that there is a new Star Wars book focused on the day of life – that’s right, the premise of the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. Also from Marvel, there’s a new Black Panther that looks pretty promising, and a Hulk in which the big green lug is flown like a spaceship – sure, why not. And the hairy ones, rejoice: Good boy is a John Wick anthro story about a dog who wants revenge.