Back Row Comics have started a series that will take place in a fictional town called Kent. An opening quote tells us “In a small town, past and present stand side by side, almost too close to tell the difference.”Revolution Aisle 9 takes this quote very seriously.
This first story, by Brady Sullivan, starts with a Revolutionary War soldier running from some British Redcoats. Due to some crazy voodoo, our soldier finds himself transported to our modern day 2012. The setting of our story from here on out takes place at a Wow-Mart, a bulk item style superstore. We are presented with every example of convenience and material obsessed American consumers. Our soldier, terrified, takes over the store. When confronted by the boys in blue he wages war with a number of inventive booby traps and weapons made from items available throughout the many departments.
The line work by Andrea Shiavone is allowed to stand alone in black and white and the panel placements are classic and simple. This works well to allow the humor of the situation top billing, which is important considering how much innocent death is dealt throughout the comic.
On the cover is a smiley face pin with a blood spatter on it. In comics, it’s hard to miss such a blatant reference to Alan Moore’s Watchmen. The homage isn’t lost here though. Sullivan’s Revolution Aisle 9 isn’t quite on Moore’s level, nor is it trying to be, but its working within some of his more prevalent themes. Subverting American idealism through a historical lense and humor being the most obvious.
This is a great stand alone comic. If the rest of the stories coming out of Kent are this funny, intelligent, and all around well made, I’ll be happy to count myself amongst its population of readers.