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Afrodisiac Hardcover – January 5, 2010
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From the creators of the excellent Street Angel comes this thoroughly entertaining and utterly nutso pastiche of several eras of late-20th century comics genres and the superbad blaxploitation heroic archetype. The titular hero is a '70s-era bad brutha-man archetype writ hilariously large and depicted in adventures that cross multiple perfectly evoked comics styles (the art's a knockout). Afrodisiac's all-over-the-place exploits provide a frantic cornucopia overflowing with legions of foxy white ladies driven to states of unabashed lubricity by our hero's melanin-rich manliness; space aliens and flying saucers; dinosaurs; funny animals; Richard Nixon; kung fu; Hercules; giant monsters; Dracula; and damn near everything else that made '70s schlock entertainment among the most fun stuff ever concocted by the mind of man. Loads of fun from start to finish, this book's one flaw is that its satirical points may be lost on those not well versed in blaxploitation in particular and '70s trash culture in general, but the disorientation born from such unfamiliarity may end up working in its favor, allowing the novice to perceive it as some malt liquor-fueled, somewhat underground-flavored throwback. (Jan.)
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Jim Rugg perfectly recreates the looks and feel of old comics with ben-day dots, yellowing paper even scenes from the cartoon and the movie. The jokes are both subtle and obvious, the stories are short and good, and it's just a lot of fun.
I've read a lot of comic parodies, most of them are mean-spirited and fall flat. This one is from a writer and an artist who genuinely love their subject and have a lot of fun with their humor.
I recommend this to anyone who loves comics.
i think the best thing about it is the artwork. it's very diverse, each story has a different style, so it's always interesting to look at. i think my favorite aspect are the various covers, which are styled after the 1970's marvel comic books, and they're amazing.
it's a great addition to one's graphic novel and comic book collection.