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Apocalypse Nerd Paperback – April 8, 2008
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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.
By the end there is some indication that civilization has come back. In which case, Perry is now merely a psychopath and murderer so he doesn't really know how to function. Actually the story ends before the civilization can really get to Pery. Radiation and the like.
And it should be noted that the founding father stories that accompanied these chapters in their original form aren't in this collection. That's fine but they were the best parts of the original series.
If you are already a fan of Bagge's, you should love "Apocalypse Nerd"... it's some of his funniest and most frenetic stuff in years. If you are NEW to Peter Bagge, thank your lucky stars that you came across this, because it's going to bust you a brand new you-know-what. Once you're finished, you will definitely want to pick up one of the "Hate" collections, which still ring hilariously true to this day and are absolute strokes of genius.
My only complaint with Bagge is that I wish he was more prolific, because if he was cranking out these types of comics every other week I'd be gobbling them up. For now, I guess Ill have to content myself with whatever I can get from the guy.... but after years of bread crumbs, this "Apocalypse Nerd" collection certainly feels like a 5-course meal of funny.
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This is a fine comic.
I really love the characters and real-lfe situations.