The inside front cover boasts a four-panel comic strip featuring the title character's encounter with the Occupy movement, and despite its brevity, I felt compelled to discuss it - for a couple of reasons. First of all, the strip was done by a couple of friends of mine - Jay Arnold and Mike Campbell - but more importantly, it hints at the potential of such an indy effort in a themed anthology. Arnold and Campbell take the over-the-top violence of the anti-hero and plunk into another only a slightly different medium, but a completely different genre. The tone of the strip is much lighter than the rest of the book. Instead of the bloody, B-movie riff that dominates the rest of the comic, it takes a far more cartoony (as in Looney Tunes or Tom & Jerry) approach. These artists present an Itchy and Scratchy short starring a hobo with a shotgun, and the effect brings some much-needed diversity to the book. I only wish there'd been more such material. Read Full Review
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