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“The comic equivalent of a buddy-roadtrip-comedy, Bizarro has been a blast. Heath Corson delivers a truly funny story of two guys, making their way to Canada, stopping random instances of villainy along the way. Jimmy Olsen and Bizarro make a great pair, and the sublime artwork from Gustavo Duarte creates a unique and brilliant offering from DC. It’s only a six-issue mini, so there’s still time to hop on now and enjoy the ride, plus it’s all-ages, so you can read it with/to your kids, siblings, young relatives, etc.”
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Alex, Patrick, and Dean discuss Charles Forsman’s The End of the Fucking World (TEOTFW).
Harper Lee, Little Green Cars. Absolute Zero, 2013.
Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen. Nebraska, 1982.
by Charles Forsman
Charles Forsman is a cartoonist with a singular aesthetic that has served him well. He is a successful writer and artist that’s published long form graphic novels with large publishers like Fantagraphics while he run’s one of comics best publishers in Oily and that’s a credit to the immense talent and vision of his work. Forsman has a measured style to his comics that’s worked great on creating quiet, emotional and personal stories. In 2014 he used that to dip his toe in genre with the excellent Luv Sucker but while Luv Sucker uses genre as a backdrop, Revenger dives into it’s genre head first in a story like nothing the cartoonist has ever done. Revenger is a story about a single black female vigilante that avenges those that have had injustice committed against them. It’s raw, bloody and absurd, similar to comics that Forsman name checks in the books back matter like Michel Fiffe’s Copra or Benjamin Marra’s O.M.W.A.T as it opens up with revenger beating to death a group of violent sociopath’s dressed as clowns in the first three pages. It’s there that Revenger more or less announces it’s intentions as something totally different from what we are used to seeing from Forsman. But while the comic feels like a departure from what we are used to seeing from Forsman on it’s surface, ultimately it rounds back into his aesthetic in all the right ways. Which is a way of saying it’s totally unexpected but also works really well. Forsman challenges himself on Revenger by stepping outside of his comfort zone without losing what he does best in that. It’s a strong and unexpected but as good as anything we’ve seen from the artist in the past. Revenger is like nothing else in comics even though it’s wears it’s influences on it’s sleeve and it set’s the bar for what’s to come in 2015, expect the unexpected.
by Charles Forsman
In Luv Sucker #2 cartoonist Charles Forsman continues to retrofit his unique and engaging sad teenage pathos into a vampire story that is as interesting as it is excellent both in terms of craft and emotional evocation. In it we are shown our main character immediately after she’s been turned into a vampire and surprise, surprise not a whole lot has changed for her. She is still lusting after an ex-flame, she is still obsessing over her favorite band on Tumblr and she is still being pursued by the awkward nerdy kid that turned her in the first place. Forsman is an expert in slow mediated story telling that creates a mood and feeling that is as honest as it is affecting in the way it permeates the comic and brings you into it’s world. The illustrations are almost striking in the way they manage to illuminate the everyday mundane reality of existence until something does happen and everything explodes off the page. While the art is very much in the classic alt comix look it is still very much Forsman’s and the way he leverages that feels new and exciting. Luv Sucker as a story is still barely there at this point but the feeling the story creates is something that is fully formed and almost overwhelming in it’s sharp humanism. It is one of the best and most unique new comics of the year and well worth investing in as it already feels fully formed with only two issues and very little plot development within them. That’s because for Forsman comics are a character study in the truest sense of the word as he explores emotions and experiences that are universal for anybody that’s been a teenager. Luv Sucker is another great new comic but it is great for reasons that are different then almost anything else and that in and of itself is worth jumping into the series and immersing yourself in it’s world.