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Hybrid Bastards! Hardcover – July 13, 2010
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I put this up there with the likes of Frank Miller and the dark knight returns as far as artwork and unique use of characters. Tom Pinchuk creates likable characters and some hilarious situations using the likes of Zeus, Hera, Hypnos and all his children that come from Zeus' playboy romp.
Panos is by far my favorite character in this book as his origin will have your jaw on the floor. Each of the other HB bros. as I come to calling them are funny in their own right and deliver some awesome dialogue you won't find elsewhere. You really can't find anything else on the market that compares.
The artwork by Kate is very amazing because now a days you get the digital inking put over the pencil and pen artwork but this goes back into using watercolors to create the visual style which works very well. You can actually head over to comicvine.com or even google to see pages from this series of comics to see what I'm talking about, its very well done and fits the story. I couldn't see it done any other way.
To summarize it all wouldn't even do it justice because it takes actually getting this in your hands and reading it from beginning to end to truly appreciate the tale being told.
His wife Hera had a spell put on him that lead Zeus to get it on with all sorts of inanimate objects spawning hybrid bastards. Now these Bastards are grown up and want their dad to acknowledge them and if not they are aiming to make his life hell like their lives are. Before I get into the review I have to say this comic is a bit out there, but I love the premise of it all and the wacky artwork fit the story together perfectly. Let's have the review then.
The hardcover comic is broken up into chapters, each of them crazier than the one that came before it. First chapter we get to see the backstory unfold, with Zeus getting caught in bed with a few young ladies by his wife Hera. She explains one night eighteen years ago Zeus was hypnotized and got it on with a few things that spawned some ugly bastard kids that need to be grabbed and taken care of. He has his goons chasing down the one giant apple named Corey so they can make sure he doesn't roam the earth anymore, but Corey manages.
Finding himself with his other begotten brothers they form a plan to get back at their father; for their leader Panos this is his only goal in life.Read more ›
This book fits the definition perfectly as it takes a "not so original" story (Greek Myths) and modernizing this 'tale as old as time' and creating an entertaining piece of story. When I was in elementary school I was fascinated by this world of gods and monsters.
I remember reading about how "desiring" Zeus was and as a personal project I once made a chart of Zeus' "outcomes". Reading this book reminded me of that and it seemed logical for a modern time Zeus to... do what he did. Tom Pinchuk did an amazing job in translating the pompous characterization of the gods whilst maintaining an outlasting depiction in his original characters. (Carmine being my favorite)
I was fascinated by the look of the book, I do admit that I was sort of confused by what the panel organization in the art, but Kat Glasheen's art matched very well the story as it took a similar look to old vase paintings while still being telling a story in a present setting.
It was a novelty as a whole; idea, method and even performance.
Kudos to Pinchuk and Glasheeen for telling such an awesome story.