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Robert’s #CBR4 Review #08: Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Director’s Cut by Jhonen Vasquez

Of all the comic compendiums/graphic novels I own, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Director’s Cut by Jhonen Vasquez is easily the one I’ve read the most. I still have the first copy I picked up at a mall Hot Topic in middle school and it’s been through a lot. It’s been attacked by stupid dogs (they were mine and bright is not an appropriate descriptor), thrown in the trash by over zealous Catholic relatives, and defaced by a terrible roommate my first year in college. If none of that could stop me from reading it, what could?

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac

JTHM Director's Cut is a killer collection. Literally. It's in the title.

The answer seems to be nothing. Vasquez’s ultra-violent dark comedy comic series ran all of seven issues before ending with a literal hiatus for the series. Side stories came out–I Feel Sick followed Johnny’s ex-girlfriend and Squee followed Johnny’s traumatized little neighbor–but the original series has not expanded (beyond awful fan fiction, which obviously doesn’t count).

The concept is encapsulated in the title. A man named Johnny is a homicidal maniac. He kills people in horrible ways using an expansive subterranean torture chamber and some on the street ingenuity. Are you supposed to root for the killer? Nope. The victims? Guess again. The survivors? Only one, and she gets her own issue to deconstruct everything that should stop you from reading the series at all.

The key to Johnny the Homicidal Maniac is realizing that it’s an exploration of character, society, pop culture, and storytelling. Read more…

Jelinas’ #CBR4 Review #31: The Sandman: A Game of You by Neil Gaiman

A Game of You is one of the more fantastical (and phantasmagorical) installments of The Sandman. When you’re talking about Gaiman, that’s a very good thing.

Jelinas’ #CBR4 Review #30: The Sandman: Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman

season of mists

We get back to Dream in Season of Mists, and it’s totally worth the wait. Neil Gaiman is a master at character development.

Jelinas’ #CBR4 Review #29: The Sandman: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman

dream country

Dream Country is a collection of four stories, none of which are directly about Dream, but still reveal a lot about who he is.

Jelinas’ #CBR4 Review #28: The Sandman: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman

the doll's house

Neil Gaiman’s series really takes off with The Doll’s House, and it never looks back at the ground.

Jelinas’ #CBR4 Review #14: Fables, Volume 11: War and Pieces by Bill Willingham

fables war and pieces

Fabletown goes to war!

Jelinas’ #CBR4 Review #13: Fables, Volume 10: The Good Prince by Bill Willingham

fables the good prince

The Good Prince is the height of the Fables series so far.

Jelinas’ #CBR4 Review #11: Fables, Volume 9: Sons of Empire by Bill Willingham

fables sons of empire

Sons of Empire is decent, but it’s the two special treats at the end that make it a better-than-average read.

Jelinas’ #CBR4 Review #10: Fables, Volume 8: Wolves by Bill Willingham

fables wolves

Wolves is the volume that all of you romantics have been waiting for!

Jelinas’ #CBR4 Review #7: Fables, Volume 5: The Mean Seasons by Bill Willingham

fables, the mean seasons

The Mean Seasons answers a few questions and gets us geared up for a war that’s been brewing for centuries.

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