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Johnny The Homicidal Maniac: Director's Cut Paperback – June 8, 2010
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On certain levels, it would appear that Johnny the Homicidal Maniac is nothing more than a montage of slaughter wearing a sheepish disguise, reveling in the primordial stew of emotions forged from suffering and lashing out at the elements that cause this inner turmoil. This, however, is far from the case because it contains many elements that, while not exactly inflating the bruised mentality of portions of a world that possibly merits scarring, work as a finger to point out these transgressions.Read more ›
The book collects all seven issues of the first, (and probably not the last) series of the JtHM comic books. These aren't quite the Super Man or Simpsons type stuff, but don't get the impression it's limited to the "Spooky People." Heck, it makes fun of them too. No one is safe from Jhonen's wrath. Through the character of Johnny C, (or Nny) we get to see all the people we love to hate get caught, tortured, and killed. And do we cry? Nope! We laugh. Why not? For those who think it's childish and disgusting, for all I know, you're probably right. But that's why this is in the form of a graphic novel, and not a text book. Ees fun!
But there is more than violence and laughter. Further on in the book, we find Nny's acknowledgement that he is beyond redemption and isn't happy with himself. It brings us deeper into Nny's character, and wonder if he is the victim of his own choices... Oh, by the way, Nny isn't goth. It's a black n white comic, but he really isn't pale.
Johnny and his colorful cast of voices aren't the only ones who get the spotlight. Both Squee and Devi get supporting roles that lead to their own spin off comic books. (Highly recommended as well!) And then there's Happy Noodle Boy. From what I've heard, he was created to tick someone off. Far from a masterpeice, but you'll laugh anyway, won't you? Hee hee. Then there's Anne Gwish, the "trendy goth" hypocrite who likes to pretend she's deep.
The only things missing from this collection are the "Meanwhile" series, and Wobbly Headed Bob. They come packed in with the complement series, Squee! So if you like this one, check out Squee too. Now go, and buy this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Of course I'm satisfied, it is
Johnny we're talking about after all.
I've had the paperback version of this book since 2005 and when I saw they came out with a hardcover... Read more
This is actually the second time I've bought this book. The last one I bought was loaned to a friend and never returned. I started reading JTHM as a teenager. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Stevie Sibley
love it! jhonen vasquez is a genius. so entertaining. for mature audiences, would not recommend for childrenPublished 23 days ago by J. B.
JTHM is pretty much an amazing comic, it isn't like your ordinary DC or Marvel Style this comic I can actually say has it's own cartoonish style which I absolute enjoyed reading. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Ellie
Great art, addictive storyline, hilariously bonkers. This was my first introduction to the graphic novel universe, thank you Jhonen!Published 1 month ago by Noura F.