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Madness, Speed, n Mayhem - Hugo Broyler (Kickstarter Review)

Written by CajunBean on Saturday, July 25 2015 and posted in Reviews

Madness, Speed, n Mayhem - Hugo Broyler (Kickstarter Review)

CajunBean digs into another charming kickstarter project. A tale that punches on all pistons, Hugo Broyler is a dash of violence and psychosis with a fresh new voice.

Source: Neurobellum Productions

Writer: Mike Kennedy

Artist: Francisco Paronzini

Hugo Broyler is the simple story of a man, his car, his rage issues, his reverse daddy issues with his daughter, the voices in his head, the possible aliens in his head, illegal organ harvesting, psychic powers, and his little weasel of a drug dealer. So, in summation, I can't summarize this book, because holy hell writer Mike Kennedy managed to jam a ton of story into 80 short pages!

So, the story honestly took a few minutes to hook me, as its setup seems rather mundane. We find ourselves in a world of racing, high speed future racing to be specific, with electrical tracks. The protagonist, a classically bitter, noir soul who seems to sweat sheer booze and rage named Hugo, feels almost cookie cutter up front. And as I found myself growing comfortable with the character, the story starts to take a dark turn. And then a confusing turn, and then an absurd turn, and about a dozen turns later, I realized this monster was not a tale I could predict, but instead a wild narrative disguised as something simple.

The characters are all a peculiar perversion of character archetypes, the smarmy villain, the rebellious daughter, the femme fatale, there are a ton of tropes fleshed out throughout this book, but twisted and contorted more than enough to give them a unique lifeblood all their own. It is through this vast perverse cast that our story is driven, and after a slightly rocky start, they soon find themselves on a maddeningly smooth road that coasts to a satisfying cliff hanger.

The art duties assumed by Francisco Paranzini invokes Frank Miller's concept of the noir. Pages are dense with darkness, as swathes of blacked out shadow make it painstakingly obvious this is a bleak world, and this has its strengths and its weaknesses. Action scenes really do burst across the panel, while characters in abundance seem slightly washed out. Character closeups seem fantastic, but backgrounds sometimes feel cluttered. Now this could be done to intended affect, as this is a world meant to be chaotic, and clutter could be an intentional device.

This book is currently being Kickstarted to add 24 new pages and colorwork, and honestly I am excited to see how much that might enhance an already impressive visual work.

In summation, the narrative is unpredictable, but starts off a tad slow. Kennedy ramps up after a few pages, and the book will be at its end before you know it. The action packed parts are beautiful and fun, and if you have any love for that Miller style, you will love what Paronzini does here. If you are interested in reading Hugo Broyler there is a FREE copy of the current uncolored original available on the Kickstarter page.


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About the Author - CajunBean

He was born in the swamps of Louisiana, where he spent his days punching gators in the crotch and funneling gumbo til his eyes bled. Then one day, a powerful foreign entity dragged him across several state lines, and tethered him to the Colorado Rockies, where he lives in perpetual fear of freezing to death and there is nary a gator crotch in sight for punching. Now he hides inside, dreading snow flurries, and hammering away reviews and non-nonsensical ramblings for the outhouse overlords (cuz apparently someone saw fit to lord over outhouses). 

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