When I rolled out of bed this afternoon, I was feeling a bit under the weather. Lesson learned: never try to out drink someone who talks like a pirate. I staggered to the kitchen and threw together three key ingredients (4 really) on some Wonder Bread, and now I feel almost human. Human enough to write this review anyway. I gotta tell you, a Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato (with Mayo) can really take the edge off of an epically bad idea of a night. It’s like magic food.
Where am I going with this? Killogy’s trade paperback is coming out, and I’m going to tell you if you should read it or not. It’s written by Alan Robert. It’s illustrated by Alan Robert. It makes comic review writing easier when there is only 1 guy involved in a comic: thank you, Mr. Robert, for simplifying my painful afternoon. Also, thank you for your “comfort food comic.”
So, as an upwardly mobile Guest Contributor, I ambitiously took on The Hollows to show my editor, my audience, and me that I could rise to the enviable and much sought after title of “Comic Book Editor.” I may have bitten off more than I could chew, as The Hollows leaves me conflicted and dissatisfied. Let’s talk.
Let’s be honest. You don’t know me. I’m the new Guest Contributor, and for all you know I cut my teeth reviewing which Care Bear is the cutest and commenting on the new gay romance in Archie and how that has any impact on the genre known as comics. So, let’s cover a few things very quickly:
1. I’m not a professional (or even an amateur writer); this is my stream of consciousness, as twisted as it sometimes is.
2. I am not a Fanboy. That is, I don’t always know who wrote what, or who inked who or whatever. I’m a purist in that I read (and have read for decades) comics ‘cause I like them. If I fall in love with a particular artist or writer, it’s because what they did rocked my world so much that I actually read the front cover of the comic . . . which almost never happens.
3. I am not a hipster. I read mainstream comics that many of my counterparts may consider bourgeois. Get over it.
So, back to A Tale of the Golem. It’s pretty good: Crafted as a teaser, interesting characters, and a pretty straightforward (predictable, so far) story. This isn’t a bad thing, assuming you want a good, traditional story.