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Johnny The Homicidal Maniac: Director's Cut Paperback – June 8, 2010
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The book itself is softcover, and the pages are not the thickest or highest quality I've ever encountered, but they seem sturdy enough. The comic is in black and white, and Jhonen's spidery art style and text will either appeal to you...or it won't (I personally like it). As for the story...well, let's just say that you may think this book will just be a weird revenge fantasy thing wherein the reader is meant to identify with the main character's violent acts, but it's not. By the end of the comic, it becomes apparent that there's a bit more going on here, and that this is less about mindless violence and more about following one special person's descent into further madness, all wrapped up in dark humor. If you pick this up, just give it a chance and go in with an open mind.
So, if you want to collect all the JTHM comics in one convenient format, then this “Director's Cut” version is definitely the one to get. If you end up liking it, then I'd suggest you try out “The Collected Works of Filler Bunny,” “Squee,” and “I Feel Sick” (and after you work your way through those, “Serenity Rose” is an excellent comic). If you are new to Jhonen's works, then you should definitely start here since all his other comics pretty much get their origin stories here. Oh, as an extra note, this book also includes the “Happy Noodle Boy” and “Anne Gwish” segments (these are sort of little extra stories, unrelated to the main storyline). The other half of the side stories included in the original versions of the comic (the “Meanwhiles” and “Wobbly Headed Bob”) are included in “Squee,” which I strongly suggest you also pick up.
This book was enjoyable, the concept art in the back was perfect.
I only have two problems with the "Directors Cut":
1. When you buy each part separately (there are 7 books) it has a lot of fillers like Wobbly-Headed Bob (kind of like the Noodle Boy strips but having nothing to do with the actual story) that I enjoyed, they cut those out of this book.
2. In the beginning of each separate part they have a letter from the writer (or something along those lines, I will post pictures) that I also couldn't find.
Now as far as the state of the physical book itself, I wasn't too disappointed but this is the reason I gave this four stars and not five. When I opened the book I got to the fifth page and it just fell out, not as if it was ripped but as if it was never glued properly. Luckily that was the only page that did that and I solved it with a tiny bit of glue, but after reading some other reviews I found this was a reoccurring thing and that there were some cases that it was more than one page.
In all I recommend buying this book, just check for loose pages before its too late to return for a new one. Also if given the chance definitely read the separate parts because Wobbly-Headed Bob is wonderful.
This is written in a dark, gothic humour so it may seem grotesque and appalling. However, it is a great read in terms of written material as it narrates the happenings of a homicidal maniac who gets back at bad people and those who did him wrong while questioning existence.
The author is the same guy who brought you Nickolodeon's Invader Zim and would recommend it if A.) You watch Dexter, B.) You consider Thec row a good movie, cult classic or such, C.) you listen to Goth or Death Metal music, like Alice Cooper or Marylin Manson, D.) You watch Invader ZIm and anime.
Then yes, this book may appeal you and even make you laugh because it is just another cartoon violence comic- but with black eyeliner and black clothes.
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Please don't buy this for children, you'll be raising another Ed Gein if you do.
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