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Hybrid Bastards! Hardcover – July 13, 2010
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About the Author
A graduate of Boston University, Tom Pinchuk has lived in Singapore, upstate New York, Chicago and, currently, Los Angeles. In addition toHybrid Bastards! with artist Kate Glasheen, he’s written Unimaginable for Arcana Studio with artist Kurt Belcher and Ruin for Alterna Comics with artist Mike Gallagher.
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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.
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. They are quite the dysfunctional group with the apple Corey, a giant pile of laundry named Cotton, the brick wall named Walter and the car looking guy named Carmine. Their first plan is pretty simple: they go trash Zeus's condo and car in order to make Zeus acknowledge they exist. Reading this first chapter I didn't know what to think. This has been some of the most original and just crazy ass comic I have ever read and kept me reading just to see where they are going to go with this.
Chapter two shows Zeus getting pretty ticked off about his condo and he sets a plan in motion with his legal counsel Athena. In this book it's the modern time and Zeus has lost a lot of followers, making him not nearly the all-powerful god he once was. With only one easy way to get power he resorts to being a criminal boss that deals in drugs. The bastards have a three part plan going on aimed at hurting his money flow and royally pissing off Zeus even more.
Chapter three brings us the trial of the Bastards with Carmine finally getting Cotton to agree to defend them. A hilarious trial takes place with Cotton able to swing the tables onto Zeus, bringing his criminal dealings too light. Cotton does manage to get them acquitted of all the vandalism charges and even manages to win a settlement from Zeus, because of a paternity suit. Each gets money to spend as they see fit, but for Cotton he does the unthinkable as he has his brother committed to an insane asylum for counseling.
Hybrid Bastards was just so crazy at times I re-read some parts only, because I was like they didn't really do that could they? It was an enjoyable and just a bizarre read, but worked great for the comic and the art just adds to the ridiculousness they are going for.
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.