Butcher Baker #1 Review by Jude Terror
I like Joe Casey, and despite the buildup to the launch of this comic being a little bit over-saturated, I had grown excited for this over the last few weeks. And indeed, the first few issues are in my DCBS orders, though I couldn't find one available this month. However, I have to admit I'm a little bit overwhelmed. Part of that comes from the fact that the comic itself doesn't offer much more than the teasers did. Gratuitous sex and nudity? Check. Ultra-cynical commentary on American culture? Check. Crazy, off-beat indie art? Check. The problem is, the story was pedestrian. Butcher Baker, a retired government agent superhero who's turned into a cynical, self-centered asshole is approached by Dick Cheney and Jay Leno (outrageous burn!!!... I guess) to murder all his incarcerated enemies in order to save the taxpayers money. Yawn. Alan Moore covered the ground covered by this character nearly thirty years ago in Watchmen, as only one part of a larger story, and somehow it managed to be more poignant than this while remaining at least twenty times more subdued. If ever there was a book that tried too hard, it was Butcher Baker. It might be shocking to anyone who hasn't read a comic, read a book, seen a movie, listened to an album, or in any way imbibed a work of pop culture older than five years, but to anyone else, it has a very been there, done that feel, which is unfortunate because the shock value seems to be the main selling point here. In retrospect, writing this review has shown me that I dislike this comic a lot more than I thought I did. I'll probably give it a shot for another issue or two since I already paid for them and all, but so far, not so good. If I want to indulge in some ultraviolence and gratuitous nudity, I'll watch a Clockwork Orange or some other far superior product.
Final Score: 2
Yes, it was worse than Lorna, Relic Wrangler, based solely on the difference in expectation.
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