- Series: Hopeless Savages
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Oni Press (October 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934964484
- ISBN-13: 978-1934964484
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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*Starred Review* After their career as punk rockers, Dirk Hopeless and his wife, Nikki Savage, attempted something truly edgy�raising kids in the suburbs. As their youngest daughter, Zero, navigates the dangerous waters of high school, readers are taken into the home of a family that is all too ordinary, despite reality-TV crews, kidnappings, and international espionage. Together with her older brothers Rat and Twitch and big sister Arsenal, Zero discovers that family�like a band�is strongest when it sticks together. Van Meter�s rocking graphic-novel trilogy is collected here into one omnibus edition. Humor, drama, and over-the-top action are combined in just the right amounts, with the action used to highlight the thoughtful subplots, which explore themes of relationship building, parental expectations, and rebellion against societal norms. Illustrated by a host of hip and talented artists�including Bryan Lee O�Malley, Ross Campbell, Andi Watson, and Chynna Clugston Flores�and with only comic violence, mild swearing, and no sex, Hopeless Savages is a terrific choice for both adult and teen graphic-novel collections. Grades 8-12. --Snow Wildsmith
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My only complaint is that different artists draw different chapters, which which can make keeping the characters straight challenging...but I can live with that. What cost the fifth star was that one or two of the artists have a hard time making the characters look different from each other. If Artist One's Twitch looks different different from Artist Two's, that's one thing. It's another when Artist Three has a hard time making Twitch look different from his boyfriend Henry.
Still, it brought back fond memories of hours spent reading Love & Rockets many moons ago.
The Hopeless-Savage clan is comprised of two parents who met during their careers as punk rock musicians, then settled down to have four children, in a suburban setting which isn't always the best match. Whether they're foiling their parents' kidnapping, de-brainwashing their oldest brother who is working for a corporate coffee chain, or living through a documentary film crew following them around, the Hopeless-Savages make up one of the most genuine and wonderful families I've had the pleasure to read about.
The first arc is centered on the youngest daughter, Skank Zero Hopeless-Savage. (Um, yeah, there's a lot of "language" in this book, just so you know.) We also get good arcs about each older sibling, including her gay older brother Twitch and his (awwwww!) sweet relationship with his boyfriend. His lost romance and his little sister's fledgling one collide beautifully at one point, and it's so sweet it practically brought me to happy tears. This is is not a "suffer because you're gay" story. This is a "sometimes love is hard, and sometimes it's awesome" story with a happy ending.
Writer Jen van Meter sketches the characters brilliantly, making each one you’d like to know and spend time with, plus she’s got a wonderful felicity for made-up slang. In the first story, the kids have to work together to rescue their kidnapped parents. Then Zero starts to struggle with dating and mistaken impressions others have about a famous kid, while her family’s being filmed for a “where are they now” TV special. In the last long story, Arsenal and Twitch (who are dating brothers) are off to Hong Kong for a martial arts tournament while the others cope with their fundie grandmother and her picketing pastor. So there’s action-adventure, a high school romance, and a globetrotting spy thriller — see how versatile this concept is?
In addition to the three major stories, there are three shorter flashbacks with Zero and her friends (and later bandmates), plus six short-shorts, four in color. Most are pictures of the kids when they were younger, except for one happy ending with Twitch and his boyfriend. I think my favorites are these little backups, because they’re so funny and loving, especially with the youngest Zero. (Review originally appeared at ComicsWorthReading.com.)
In this volume the young punk rocker Skank H-S is living a life of teenage monotony that's only relieved by practicing with her band. She'd like to find herself a nice boyfriend, but unfortunately most of the boys in her school either think she's easy or find her intimidating. It's at this point we're introduced to the character of Ginger, a straight-laced straight-A student who has had a crush on Skank for years. The chemistry is there, but there's no easy lane to love for this Hopeless Savage. Meanwhile, the tensions between Skank & her mother slowly rise through the ceiling as Skank's been grounded for disobeying the rules. To make matters worse, throughout it all the family is being videotaped by a sleazy camerman who wants to make a tell-all video for television!
I really love this series & the storyline only got better with this volume. Most of the same artists returned for this volume, so the art quality is largely unchanged. The storyline is great & is a good alternative to the action packed super-genre that seems to dominate the comics field.