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If the fallout doesn't kill you, Perry will
on April 22, 2008
People who read Apocalypse Nerd are likely familiar with Peter Bagge's older work, and may find this book is not what they were expecting.
Apocalypse Nerd is probably the darkest and most violent comic Peter Bagge has ever written. The two main characters will prove instantly recognizable to Bagge fans, being the interchangeable males who appear in nearly all of his comics in some guise or another. But the classic Bagge wiseass humor fades quickly, and we are left with...death. Lots of it. After the North Korean nuke of Seattle which presumably leaves a couple million people dead, the survivors head for the surrounding Cascade mountains, and everything devolves into some kind of survivalist nightmare: people kill and steal with no visible remorse or second thoughts. This applies in particular to the "hero", Perry (who looks an awful lot like Bagge himself), who, after an intial phase as a clueless girly-man, essentially goes on a killing spree in the name of survival. Perry and his buddy Gordo chuck the body of man they've just killed over a cliff. An entire family, including an infant, is killed. A truck carrying relief supplies is attacked, and its drivers shot. Bagge's signature cartoony art softens the blow of this chaotic world; if this had been drawn by Steve Dillon, this comic would be pretty disturbing.
Finally, it is my understanding that the single-issue series had supplemental material, comics about America's founding fathers, which is not included in this trade.