Comic Review: I’m Not A Plastic Bag

I’m Not A Plastic Bag
Story and Art by Rachel Hope Allison
Forward by Jeff Corwin
Edited by Rebecca Taylor
Design by Fawn Lau
Archaia Entertainment
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Cover Price: $19.95

I’ve read comics with some pretty strange protagonists before, but this one was definitely a first. The main character of I’m Not A Plastic Bag is a large island made entirely of garbage, based on an actual place — specifically, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a large spot in the Pacific Ocean which, due to currents, collects most oceanic debris. By debris I mostly mean trash that washes out to sea, water bottles, tires, plastic bags, etc., and by large I mean estimated to be twice the size of Texas. So, very, very large.

Writer and artist Rachel Hope Allison‘s book is an odd and pretty ballet. This large, unruly mass of trash (loosely resembling Aqua Teen Hunger Forces‘ Meatwad) tries desperately to interact with the beautiful oceanic landscape it exists in, only to destroy whatever it touches, meanwhile getting bigger and bigger. There are touches of the Frankenstein monster here, which I suspect is what Allison was coyly referring to in the title. It’s almost entirely wordless with beautiful colors that tastefully know when to incorporate photography and mixes crazy layouts with lovely splash pages.

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Comic Review: Moon Lake, Volume 1
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Moon Lake
Volume 1
CREATED BY: Dan Fogler
WRITTEN BY:Dan Fogler, Brian Holguin, Stef Hutchinson, Blake Leibel, Tim Seeley, R.H. Stavis, Nick Tapalansky
ILLUSTRATED BY: Brooke Allen, Tommy Castillo, Jim Daly, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Mark Englert, Josh Finney, Lizzy John, Scott Newman, Kat Rocha, Robbi Rodriguez, Jeffrey Zornow
Archaia Comics
PRICE: $19.99
RELEASE DATE: November 30, 2010

As far as comic books go I’m not quite as knowledgeable as many of our other fine reviewers here at Geeks of Doom, but I do like to work on that whenever I get the opportunity. So when the chance to check out a wild and wacky comic from actor Dan Fogler called Moon Lake came around, I was excited to take a peek.

The comic is a collection of short stories, and when I say “wild and wacky” I truly mean it. These stories are completely vulgar and graphic and oozing immaturity, and that can only mean one thing: comedic gold.

From sex-frenzied monkey-peoples at a sex-frenzied summer camp the week before kids arrive to werebears and psycho-killer cheerleaders stuck in a sunshine and rainbows dreamland to a warrior woman and a dinosaur — they’re all in here.

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Comic Review: The Killer: Modus Vivendi 1 & 2

The Killer: Modus Vivendi 1 & 2
Written by Matz
Art and Covors by Luc Jacamon
Letters by Scott Newman
Release Date: May 05 & June 03, 2010
Price: $3.95 each

The Killer is a French book translated to English and published by Archaia. There are two previous volumes already collected in trade, which while not essential to understanding the new series, are must-reads. Matz and Luc Jacamon have created one of the best comics being published anywhere in the world. This holds true for both of the first two issues of the new series Modus Vivendi.

The basic premise of The Killer is fairly simple. You follow a hit-man and see what kind of person he is. You see his thoughts on life and the world. Not just that but with his perspective you delve into topics that normally define a person like religion, parenting, and love. It is both simple and complex at the same time. The killer gets paid to do a job and he does it. But the real story is why he does it and how he does it.

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