- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Books (August 18, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785128026
- ISBN-13: 978-0785128021
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,088,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I came for Peter Bagge, and stuck around to enjoy Tony Millionaire, Stan Sakai, Max Cannon, Jason and the always zanny Johnny Ryan. What these artists are up to here is to take The Hulk, Ironman, The Punisher, Spider-Man and The Sub-Mariner, and knock our heroes down by a few pegs. And as these tales are both very weird and very funny, they might have gotten it right.
This book reminds me an awful lot of "Heavy Metal" magazine circa 1977, and as that was such a great way to introduce the world to the greats of that era, this is indeed a great thing to see in the year 2010, history repeats itself!
The color and print of this book is top-notch, and my biggest gripe is that I should have shelled out a few more dollars and gotten the hardbound edition as it seems to be the better buy over the paperback edition.
If you enjoy comics, this is for you.
(and if Baloney-Head, doesn't make you smile, call the coroner, you is dead!)
Three and a half stars!
I admit that I'm much more accustomed to mainstream cape comics, and as such I found a lot of the material here either, bland, boring, or plain uninteresting - both plot and art-wise. Some contributions are no more than a few panels, others go on for too many pages. Most amount to nothing more than shallow jabs at characters, or resemble a forgettable strip one might see in a lackluster issue of MAD. I honestly felt that a lot of the work presented here was semi-pretentious, and a sort of "hipster-bait."
That being said, if you already like any of the creators involved - this book may be for you. but if you're a standard, stereotypical "Big Two" fan, look elsewhere.
What I enjoyed most about this collection were the well written oddball humorous pieces. There is some truly great parody stuff to be found here, but there is also a lot of stories that left me wondering what the point was supposed to be. I was also surprised to find that many of the creators that I thought would appeal to me most were often only mildly entertaining compared to some of the lesser known artists. Having read a fair amount of alternative comic books in my time, I should have realized that just because an artist is great at creating dynamic visuals does not necessarily mean they are apt at writing dynamic or engaging stories.
In general I liked volume 1 more than volume 2, and there is enough worthwhile material to make the whole collection worth checking out, but to honest I found it to be about half and half.
I felt like there was too much Bagge stuff and not enough of the other stuff though. Jhonen's short was my favorite, which is kind of funny since I am usually lukewarm to his work at best. I would put the collection overall on par with Bizzaro 1, but not as good as Bizzaro 2.