- Series: Red One
- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics (January 24, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 163215935X
- ISBN-13: 978-1632159359
- Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.4 x 12.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dorison here seems not interested in the superhero stuff, the media manipulation stuff, the retro adult (Boogie Nights anyone?) film scene, or the politics of the cold war that have managed to be stuffed into this story. He seems over dedicated to those dastardly Christian types. I'm not one to get offended by people dogging my religion. God's big enough to handle it. However, I am offended by not writing well and even worse letting your slip show. Not since Matt Hawkin's comic The Tithe has there been a series so infuriating in it's missed potential. What all these books have in common is that they all look great but seem to have zero interest in building any kind of story with rounded characters. What's interesting is that Dorison's cynicism keeps him from feeling preachy but does make him seem like a mouthy kid unhappy with his parents and ready to take any position opposite them.
None of the stuff here adds up to much of anything. It's hard to even be offended even if he ultimately probably dislikes me, which is ok I still think he's typically a good writer cause Undertaker is fantastic. It's just sad to see him writing something so immature and bigoted. It's like he saw a Tyler Perry Madea movie and thought I need to do something with less nuance than that and as a left wing atheist thing. Even worse is the central conceit that they have a killer Christian killing gay people and other infidel types is so off step with reality. Gasp, it's like I don't know any Islamic controlled region of the world you can think of. Last I saw, Catholics are even debating being ok with something than they haven't condoned for over 2000 years and certainly don't intend on killing anyone over. Yet, here, it's like this weird ascribing of bad behavior that may have existed way back in say the Medieval period of western civilization but yet hasn't really been practiced and wasn't really all that practiced back then either. It reeks of laziness. It also reeks of cowardice. It's the height of whatever in France to dog on Christians and the same in the USA. They kill gay people all over the Middle East outside of Israel solely for being gay. The practice is spreading into South East Asia too in places like Malaysia and Indonesia and even parts of Europe from the spread of a specific cultural religion trapped in the early 500s of the AD. Dorison shows the same lack of self awareness as Margaret Atwood with The Handmaid's Tale. She also was scared of the loud, annoying Southern Baptist congregation of Christianity and then proceeded to describe Iran, Iraq, and all manner of area that involves some real retro fundamentalism. Dorison is better than this.
The illustration is at least fantastic. Not enough to save it from 1 star or save the whole work but it's 5 stars on it's own. The Dodson and the rest of the illustration crew from lettering to design work are all great as usual. They add the charm that Dorison can normally provide but doesn't here. Sadly, it's in service to nothing.
It's a strange time to be around where somehow church goers are more dangerous than the KGB, which is now the FSB and still goes around killing people today, ISIS, actual politicians and all manner of other actual issues instead of just being self righteous and loud at unfortunate moments that occasionally might genuinely offend someone or more likely just faux-offend them. The New Yorker is terrified of Chik-Fil-A coming into Manhattan and yet isn't worried about actual issues like say political corruption. So, clearly this inane behavior extends to all manner of people and places. It's a shame it affected Dorison.
It's gloriously tongue-in-cheek, taking in the porn industry, Christian evangelism and Soviet manipulation. Nicely put together, it's fun - and how often can we say that of comic collections today?