'Pantalones, TX: Don’t Chicken Out' - Advance Graphic Novel Review

 

Pantalones TX *Please note that this advance review is based on a non-final copy of the graphic novel.


As a geek with a warped sense of humor, I have read and watched some very unusual things over the years (Excel, Saga, and FLCL come to mind), but this is one of the most unusual comics I have ever read.  I’m not entirely sure what the creator (Yehudi Mercado) was thinking when he made this graphic novel, but I will say this much: at least the ending makes sense (within the confines of the story itself, that is, which overall doesn’t).  I’m not sure if I’m likely to ever read something else with these particular settings and characters—or other stories from the creator that are much like this—but I’ll give him this much: he kept me entertained while I read it.  This graphic novel is due to be released in February, 2013, if the world doesn’t end before then.

SPOILERS BELOW


Very Brief Summary (covering all 6 chapters)

Without going into too much detail so that other readers can enjoy it like I did (insert warning of mental health here), I’ll try not to reveal too much of the actual plot.  The story focuses around the (mis)adventures of a young boy and his friends, stylizing himself as the scourge of the township and its self-proclaimed sheriff/major/judge.  If you’re hoping for a typical Texan town with stereotypical Texan behavior, well, you’re going to be pretty out of luck, because there are also go-carts, genetically-altered fowl, and a rivalry that seems to surpass that of the Hatfield-McCoy feud.  It does have a seemingly happy ending, though I will spill the beans about one thing: the hero does not get the girl, because there’s no girl to be gotten.

Observations

The thing that really stands out for me with this graphic novel is how utterly silly it is; the description I was given before I read the book was a cross between Peanuts and Smokey and the Bandit, and while some of the situations that were in the comic might agree with that, I have to say that it wasn’t like either at all.  Peanuts is a nice, old-style type of comic strip, but, by modern standards, it isn’t full of hilarious antics the way this graphic novel is.  And, as someone who grew up with the Smokey and the Bandit films, the rivalry between the sheriff and the main character is somewhat indicative of that plot point, but that’s about where the similarity ends; this comic stands on its own, for good or bad.

I do wish there was a bit of background concerning the characters and the town; I was thrust right into the comic without knowing any sort of backstory that could have given me some more information.  Now, whether or not this means there will be another graphic novel covering these points is unknown, but it would certainly help with understanding the motivations for several of the characters and the reasons behind why the town is the way it is.

All in all, I would suggest reading it if you want to have a quick laugh with no sense of seriousness at all, but don’t expect a lot of it to make sense; I know I couldn’t find much.

 

 

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