Johnen Vasquez returns to comics after a long hiatus with an amazingly funny book. I thought the second fillerbunny was not quite as solid as the first, but this third book is clearly my favorite. Insightful with only a hint of self-referential preachyness, J.V. is, in my humble opinion, a consistently excellent comic artist. Not for the faint of heart or the easily squeemish, his books remain groteque and fun and this latest Fillerbunny keeps going strong. He addresses the reasons for a lack of merchadise with his name on it. He makes it clear that he's doing this for his own reasons and we're along for the ride if we want to be. Its been a great ride so far and I hope he continues to put out quality material for years to come, no matter how infrequently.
Filler Bunny started as just that: a badly-drawn rabbit designed to fill an extra page of a comic book. He was used in this manner for a while until Mr. Vasquez couldn't finish a book in time for Comic Con, and thought it would be a great idea to draw a cheap mini-comic starring the bunny in a single night with no sleep.
Thus, the doomed rabbit took on a life of his own. This is actually the third Filler Bunny comic and he has certainly evolved. The Filler Bunny books are short, but highly entertaining little volumes where our artist goes a little insane, throwing out all need for complex characters and deep plot and just making the little rabbit suffer endlessly for the joy of the readers. Far more time was spent on this book than the previous two, but Vasquez maintains the improvised bouncy feel of the book and plays with the art, changing the style constantly. It's pointless, it's politically incorrect, and it's just plain fun. Check it out, and pick up the other issues while you're at it, for they are quick reads.
While this book isn't as great as some of Vasquez's other works, it is still a great little bathroom read that will have you laughing until tears shoot at dangerous speeds from your eyes; it's that good. A must for any fan or non-fan or people who have never even heard of Vasquez.
If you like Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Squee and Vasquez's other stuff, you will also dig FillerBunny, which features his usual demented side comments and sick subject matter. Not for the young and/or innocent.
Hokay, so if any of you decided that Filler Bunny numbuh two sucked, so you shouldn't buy three, think again. I thought it was a very creative short-short story. It flips between Filler's doomy life and Jhonen arguing with "Chief". Although the graphics aren't nrearly as great as anything in JTHM or Squee!, I thought it was really funny and definately worth three dollars. Only four stars because most people buy this stuff for the graphics.