- Comic: 48 pages
- Publisher: IMAGE COMICS; 1 edition (2003)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000C01ZUW
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Parliament of Justice, Vol. 1, No. 1 Comics – 2003
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Comic: 48 pages Publisher: IMAGE COMICS; 1 edition (2003) Language: English ASIN: B000C01ZUW
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Parliament Of Justice features three main characters: a hero called Parliament, his sidekick named Gypsum, and a villain called The Philistine. In the beginning, Parliament must stop a bomb set by The Philistine from exploding inside a factory where the Mayor's daughter is imprisoned, leaving Gypsum the harrowing task of trying to capture the villain all by himself. It's quite an exciting sequence, but it has very little to do with everything that happens next, as the story gradually morphs into a rather sinister look at a hero and his sidekick, after they've seemingly confronted the main villain of the piece. Fresh from this splendid victory (a relieved Mayor even hosts a lavish thank-you gala, though Parliament attends merely in his meek librarian guise), the duo try to solve a case involving ritual murders of several prostitutes. Parliament and Gypsum fail at a quick wrap-up to the case, and when a frustrated Parliament takes a night off to seek solace in a lady's arms, the story takes a rather dark and shocking turn.
The idea here seems to be to take something like the Batman-and-Robin archtype and shred it to bits--as if to show that someone dressing up in a costume and choosing to fight crime every night must ultimately be someone we should fear as much as the clearly-labelled criminals. That the very act of doing this would indicate a sickness, a strange obssession, pointing to darker aspects of a troubled personality--NOT pointing to a selfless, honourable knight with no more distressing mental tics than disdain for villainy and a fondness for wearing a weird outfit. How could it not be worse?--How could it not be something more twisted and dangerous, whether the person calls himself a hero or not?
The trouble is, it's all too quick, too perfunctory. I don't know what the ideal length for this chilly shocker would be, but all it's got is some shock-value. Its attempt to undermine the superhero genre in any lasting way is foiled by the quickie approach. I reacted with a bit of surprise to some of the gruesome scenes piled on towards the end but I had no connection to the characters, or their torments. The creepy contents are just thrown at you, and then it's over; "Genre subverted, let's see, what else is there to read?".
Still, for the money, you get some creepy artwork, including some terrific pin-ups jammed in at the back. And as forgettable nightmare scenarios go, Parliament of Justice gets the job done...just in too much of a rush to really dazzle.