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Review Group Week 206 - JOE THE BARBARIAN #1

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Postby MrBlack » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:54 am

The issue certainly doesn't seem to have generated the discussion of the last couple of books we've reviewed.

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Postby thefourthman » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:03 am

MrBlack wrote:The issue certainly doesn't seem to have generated the discussion of the last couple of books we've reviewed.

I don't know, I am sure there is a place for it in the sod, but it seems like a lively bit of discussion, anyhow.

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Postby prozacman » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:13 am

Don't think I can get this one (along with most of the comics I have in my pull box). I'm not only merely broke, I;m really most sincerely broke!

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Postby thefourthman » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:15 am

prozacman wrote:Don't think I can get this one (along with most of the comics I have in my pull box). I'm not only merely broke, I;m really most sincerely broke!

I'm waiting, but the music isn't starting.

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Postby Old Man » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:18 am

11 hours later, and I'm still not ready to review. Maybe later today.
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Postby Punchy » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:55 pm

No review today, went to the pub instead, and you shouldn't review drunk.

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Postby Eli Katz » Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:37 pm

Eli Katz wrote:Joe the Barbarian
So, as a $1 comic, Joe the Barbarian is an amazing book. The art by Sean Murphy is rich and textured and beautifully detailed. He draws a number of full-page panels and demonstrates in them his ability to illustrate complex scenes with a perfect blend of realism and dynamic stylization. The page with the kid walking to his house as the bus drives off is simply amazing. A real masterpiece in a technical sense. Murphy has been on fire artistically since he did two issues of Hellblazer about a year ago. So I am very pleased that he will have the chance now to draw a long story and show off his considerable talents.

But that said, as an introductory chapter to an eight-issue story, I'm not sure what to make of Joe the Barbarian. We are introduced to Joe, a sickly teenage kid who is the cliched artist-type tormented by the cliched school bullies. We see that Joe comes from a broken home and that he considers his attic-bedroom a refuge from the ugliness of the outside world. And we also see Joe suffering a brief hallucinatory break from reality, where his toys come to life and introduce him to a nightmarish world. But we don't know where this story is headed or what this book is really about. In other words, there are a lot of introductions but not much action or development or even basic foreshadowing.

On one hand, it's difficult to rate Grant Morrison's story so far, because it's unfair to expect too much from the first chapter in an eight-chapter story. But on the other hand, aside from a few snappy lines ("This fairytale's on a one-way trip to hell"), nothing in the story made me want to read issue two. Joe is not particularly interesting as a character. Hallucinations are not particularly novel (especially in Grant Morrison stories). And talking toys have been done before. So, to be honest, if the art weren't so damn good, I don't think I'd make any effort to pick up future issues. It's especially hard to be enthusiastic about this book because it's poorly edited; it has typos, repeat words, and some very choppy dialogue in one key scene.

Joe the Barbarian may turn into a wonderfully written series. But the first issue is a very, very, very slow start.

Story: 6
ART: 10

I edited my review based on Fourthy's observations. Thanks, Lee.

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Postby thefourthman » Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:45 pm

Punchy wrote:No review today, went to the pub instead, and you shouldn't review drunk.

in your case, I wish you would.

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Postby thefourthman » Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:45 pm

Eli Katz wrote:I edited my review based on Fourthy's observations. Thanks, Lee.

now I feel bad.

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Postby 48THRiLLS » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:10 pm

Punchy wrote:No review today, went to the pub instead, and you shouldn't review drunk.

Some of my best reviews have been whiskey inspired.

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Postby MrBlack » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:24 pm

48THRiLLS wrote:Some of my best reviews have been whiskey inspired.

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Postby Chris » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:40 pm

Just read this.

I loved it. But more for the art than the story. I fucking LOVED the art.

The story was pretty simple. There really wasn't enough there to judge the book on. Right now, it just seems like Home Alone meets The Indian in the Cupboard.. hopefully Morrison doesn't deliver a turd with the rest of the issues.

Story: 7

Art: 10

Total: 8.5
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Postby Eli Katz » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:44 pm

thefourthman wrote:now I feel bad.

Why? I appreciate your response to my review. If we post opinions here, we want input on our opinions. At least I do. And I agree that the editing is sloppy in the book and it merits mention.

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Postby GHERU » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:55 pm

unless some one has a better idea (and I'll be the judge of that), next weeks book is Robocop Vol 2 #1
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Postby ****** » Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:04 pm

GHERU wrote:unless some one has a better idea (and I'll be the judge of that), next weeks book is Robocop Vol 2 #1


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