Written by Luke Anthony
and Frank Miller
on Tuesday, December 03 2013 and posted in Reviews
In so little words, hope is instilled, in the midst of Something Terrible.
Source: Ten Cent Ticker
Never have I read a simpler comic that brings out such emotion than when I read Something Terrible by Dean Trippe. Very few comics have struck a chord with me the way this does. It says so many things with hardly any words. Each panel drawn by Trippe is speaking softly and clearly, showing us there is something more to comics than just stories.
Something Terrible is a personal story from Dean Trippe, wherein he recounts a childhood trauma. It is not about retelling the event, but how he recovered from it. After being sexually abused, he sought out a way to cope. It happened almost by accident. He found solace in comics, specifically Batman. He immersed himself in the comics, just enjoying the escape. He also enjoyed watching shows about criminal justice, however those shows at the time were negligent to their viewers, often spreading false information that the abused becomes the abuser. This gave him a constant struggle of fighting back the fear of himself abusing another. This is where Batman really came through.
In the past few years, Batman has been drawn in the movies as The Dark Knight, the gritty crime-fighter with a dark desire to hand out justice. But it’s easy to forget the other symbol he represents; good. The penultimate example of Batman’s decision to fight for good is represented in this comic, when he says, “No guns.” You’ll see. After reading Dean Trippe’s story, and seeing what Batman can do for a kid, and an adult, I will never think of Batman the same way.
This isn’t a story about Batman
, but what comics can really do. Yes, comics are on pages, inked and printed in large quantities, but they are real. Somewhere in our mind-space there’s a real Batman
, and if Batman
reached out and helped just the inner child of Dean Trippe, then Batman
is something else. He’s no longer a source of entertainment, he’s a symbol for good. I cannot recommend this short comic highly enough. For those that have been abused as kid, like I have, it is not something that brings up pain, but a story about good. I’m not one to cry easily, I’m as manly as the next guy. Let’s just say I’ve been known to scare away prepubescent bunnies without even a flex. But I definitely did tear up a bit while reading it at work. It’s just that good. I would not be surprised if it wins several awards. It’s only 99 cents to get the full issue. Seriously, buy it. 99 cents may never buy a more heart-warming story than now. Even so, Trippe is releasing a bi-panel every week here
, so you can't go wrong.
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About the Author - LukeAnthony
When Luke isn't writing reviews, he's writing manuals (occupation), original comics (vocation), children's books, or music (recreation). As a lover of all things high-concept, sci-fi, and/or philosophical, comics found their way into his life only a few years ago, at the ripe age of 26. It was V for Vendetta & Watchmen that led to his pathological media consumption rebirth of 2012. Ever since then, he found himself happier, more child-like, a tad bit smarter, and a much better liar. True to Outhouser gospel, he believes humor, like water, must be present in all things. If it's not, it's too dry & sucks the life out. Sarcasm, the salty demeanor of the South, frightened this idealist in youth, but is now the occasional spice used in his well seasoned personality. He sold all he had to leave his old world behind (cars, house, belongings) & become a full-time traveler across the US of A, a decision that altered his inner world as much as his outer one. If it has humor, depth, spiritual significance, and/or technicality and in that order, then consider it on this briny dude's shelf and up for review. Favorite on-going series include Black Science and Saga. This light, but deep fellow can be found on Facebook and/or Twitter.
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