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X-Ray Comics, Vol. 1: Filth Paperback – October 1, 2004

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: SLG Publishing (October 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094315197X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943151977
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,621,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lieder on November 24, 2007
I bought this comic at comic con and a cursory glance gave me a feeling of nostalgia for the great loser comics of the early 90s when no one was on a fast track to a law degree or doctorate. When all the characters were living in crappy apartments, perpetually broke and ruining their relationships with their friends. Drugs are casual and the dialogue is acerbic. In other words, I had already read all of Peter Bagge's Hate comics (collected in Buddy Does Seattle (The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from "Hate" Comics, Vol. I, 1990-94) - there are more but when he goes back to live with his folks in Jersey the comic takes a nosedive).

Instead I realized just how amazing the Buddy adventures are in comparison to this one. The main character of X-Ray is a loser with friends who barely put up with him who gets into sex and drug related problems with often funny results but that's where the story ends. There's not enough insight into the character to make him anything other than a one dimensional jerk. One or two bones are thrown at the audience (like the funeral scene at the beginning) to make you think that there might be more to this guy than insulting his friends but the social parody of Bagge comics and the actual character growth (as odious as Buddy is in Hate, he still is growing and learning from his experiences - sometimes the wrong lessons, but that's what makes him intersting) are missing.

Instead it's merely an unpleasant adventure with an unpleasant character and his practically nameless friends.
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