Picked on all his life; he’s had about enough of it and he’s got big plans for all those that done him wrong.
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Eric Powell and some guy who used to be a bricklayer co-write this tale of a little person who’s had about enough of being disrespected all his life. It’s Hobo with a Shotgun mixed with Kill Bill and told visually in a way only Eric Powell (The GOON) can draw it. According to the bricklayer/co-writer, the story was a mashup of the crazy conversations and injokes that transpired between himself and Powell over the years they’ve known each other. It started out as a joke and turned into a serious writing endeavor and strangely enough, it works. It’s slicker than a harpooned hippo on a banana tree.
The story is a simple one, it’s a revenge tale at its heart and is told with the occasional contextual flashbacks to fill in the motivations for our murderous protagonist. The story arc is 4 issues and the team have done a great job of building on the storytelling in each successive book. Being straight forward doesn’t mean less compelling though. This dwarf has lived a tough life as most bullied types do, but making matters worse the bad luck has affected everyone in his life who’s meant anything to him. His parents, his siblings, and even the women he’s loved. Things have gone from bad to worse and no matter what he does the fates just seem to have it out for him.
When we first meet him he’s reacting to a letter he’s reading from one of these loved ones and whatever he’s read has sufficiently pissed him off to the point that he wants to burn the entire world. The rest of the story is his journey forward and backwards in time as he travels across country exacting violent retribution on everyone and for everything that’s ever been done wrong to him. It’s one of the most viciously violent tales of revenge I’ve seen in a comicbook in a very long time. The violence is shocking and disturbing. It’s unapologetic. Although we know the people getting hurt deserved what’s coming to them, we still feel sorry for them.
Powell’s art is the perfect fit for the material. It’s hyper real and painterly quality goes a long way in selling the emotion of the scenes. When bones are broken and limps are severed; when blood is let we feel it. It’s real. A more cartoony comicbook style would likely have lessened the impact of what we’re experiencing.
It’s a very short read so, talking too much more about it will just spoil the discovery, but suffice to say; the art and the writing are combined to make a really good book that’s worthy of your reading dollars. Pick this up, but be prepared with a strong psyche and an empty stomach.
All 4 issues are out now from Image Comics