Johnny Repeat Vol. 1: The End of the Way that Was
Written by Jason James
Illustrated by Paul Azaceta, Fabio Cobiaco, Bruno Dâ€™Angelo, Mark Dos Santos, Geof Isherwood and Noel Tuazon
Published by Citizen Press
Reviewed by john lewis
I was at a comic book store this past weekend and wanted to get something rare, indie, or by Vertigo. As I look around, I saw a comic book titled Johnny Repeat with cover art by Tim Sale, one of my favorite artists. I find out that the writer, Jason James, used to work on Gotham Girls, a web cartoon produced by Noodle Soup Productions (the people behind Venture Bros.) and that the company was from Glendale, California (about forty minutes from here)More… and then I knew I had to pick it up. Now enough down Memory Lane, Johnny Repeat is the story of a group of individuals led by an eight year old know-it-all prophet named Johnny Repeat. The End of the Way that Was is the first part in a seven part series sold only as graphic novels. Johnnyâ€™s goal is stop the world from ending yet not everything is going to plan and as the old saying goes, hilarity ensues!! (Okay, not reallyâ€¦)
Johnny Repeat opens up with an introduction to each team member: Nathaniel, a sexaholic who has more than that as a problem; the Woman with No Name, an assassin whoâ€™s lived since the 17th century; Jerenious Stormcrow, a Viking/ hobo who only knows how to say â€œfuckâ€ in English and is a coward; and of course Johnny Repeat. Johnny gets them to stop three groups of assassins from merging into one group, as his prophecy predicts, which will signal the end of the world. As Johnny sends each of them on their missions (and visits a girl named Celeste, the most powerful being ever), Nathaniel messes things up by saving a girl who shouldnâ€™t have been where she was and Jerenious doesnâ€™t return.
The book is interesting as it sets up a story thatâ€™s a bit weird (more like borderline psycho) story but one that is easy to read as it doesnâ€™t require you to do â€œhomeworkâ€. In a way, itâ€™s similar to 100 Bullets or Sleeper if the creator was on acid or LSD. As I finished the book, I was upset that the second volume isnâ€™t out yet but happy as someone sneaked into my brain and made a story thatâ€™s psycho but not messing anything story-wise. The artâ€™s also very nice and with six artists on it, it doesnâ€™t get stale. Johnny Repeat is cool, sexy, and psycho like that Charles Manson in a corset and singing a song from the Beatlesâ€™ White Album (what? Nobody else has this fantasy? Weirdos).
Posted originally: 2006-09-20 01:54:50