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This book isn’t for everybody, let me say that now. The characters dress like they shop exclusively at the Hot Topic of old. It deals with dark subject matter like suicide in a joking, but not outright offensive manner. It’s a work of dark, bloody and absurd surrealism that stands a good few miles outside of normal. I don’t say this to discourage or encourage you to check it out, just so that you know good and well what you’re in for when you pick up Johnny The Homicidal Maniac.
Also, some spoilers ahead. The first thing you’ll notice is how much the artwork resembles something from a Tim Burton stop motion film.
The book was drawn and written by Jhonen Vasguez who has a few other comics under his belt. He was the main reason I checked out this book as he was behind the Nickelodeon animated series, Invader Zim, which I’m a big fan of.
While the absurd humor is still there, this book is a different beast altogether. The dark subject matter isn’t treated like dark subject matter at all.
The art style helps this though as it is cartoonish in nature. If the stuff that goes down in this book were to be done with realistic art, it might be hard to deal with. But again, that’s why the art works so well. It knows exactly what it is, and the art compliments it perfectly. Our main character is naturally the titular Johnny. To put it lightly, he’s a complete nut case who murders without a second thought. He blames society and everyone in it for how he is and often goes on hilariously inane rants to explain as much.
I know he sounds unlikeable, but he works in the realm of this book. It’s not in any way, shape, or form meant to be taken seriously enough to even warrant you hating the character. His victims are exaggerated caricatures of the worst society has to offer.
I mean, the first mass killing in the book is done using only a spork. It’s too ridiculous to disturb and effect you in the way you’d think something like this would. Johnny reveals that his insane reason for doing what he does is that the wall in his bathroom has to stay wet with the red stuff from his victims. If it dries, he claims a monster from another dimension will break through it. Completely mental, or is it?
Even though I was already of fan of Vasguez going in, I’ll admit that this was a more difficult book to approach. Not because of the content or anything, but because it’s storytelling is just odd. Things just kind of happen, going from one event to the next. There’s not really an overarching story, though canonical elements are present throughout. I’m a fan of the absurd humor, as it is similar to what was on Zim, albeit much darker.
Johnny’s rants, while funny, sometimes overstayed their welcome.
Only once in a while did Johnny’s tortured plight feel real, but again, the cartoonish nature balanced that out. There’s only two real side characters in the comcis.
Johnny’s one time love interest who, while possessing a rebellious attitude, managed to be wholly forgettable I don’t even remember her name. The second is the poor, anxiety ridden child that lives next-door to Johnny, Squee.
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His parents hate him, and the world is a scary place for the poor kid. Our introduction to Johnny is through his eyes as Johnny breaks into his house looking for bactine to treat a scratch he got from one of his victims.
Squee is endearing, and his tormented psyche make for some pitch black humor. He even went on to star in his own book. My copy of the book is the so-called Director’s cut. Comcs includes extra little strips and such done by Vasguez as a nice little bonus.
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac #1 – 7 (1995-1997)
The artwork in the book is probably the thing I like most. Again, the style is similar to Invader Zim. It’s a very distinct style that, as I said, resembles some Tim Burton art.
I don’t have them in my copy, but the original covers are great.
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It’s an odd book as I can’t really tell how much I liked it. I love the absurdist humor and lampooning of societies annoyances, but it never feels like it has anything more xomics that to offer. I’m a fan of the artwork.
There’s not really much of a story told here, or at least one that is identifiable as such. But honestly, the way the book is, that kind of works. It’s like an episode of a cartoon an angry and dark cartoon where at the end everything is ready for the next episode to start with things unchanged. Johnny does have an arc, but by the time the finale rolls around it comicx feel like he was really effected.
The best way I can put it is that this feels like just the beginning of something that should go on longer. So, I don’t recommend it if you are sensitive to certain topics like suicide. I also don’t recommend it if you don’t like nontraditional storytelling, or stories that don’t flow like most others. But, I do jthmm it’s worth a look if you like ridiculous and dark humor or the artwork.
It’s by no means a comlcs book, but it is a hard one to really give a description of or opinion on. You can tell it was early in Jhonen’s career as his later efforts Zim included were much more fleshed out and developed.
But for an early work, it’s not bad. Though it can comlcs like Johnny is just a way for Jhonen to vent his frustrations with the world in comifs creative manner. JTHM is a dark and surreal ride that does have laughs to offer and strong art, but it’s storyline is barely there.
If anything, it’s a memorable read, though mostly for the concept. If this had come out later in Jhonen’s career, it could’ve been his magnum opus. As it stands, all the parts ckmics don’t add up to something spectacular, just okay. The story telling I feel like it’s just kinda like short stories so the fact that there is no real story line never annoyed me.
It’s tells a lot of dark jokes but that never bothered me. I would love it if he came back especially in today’s political environment.
It be a really cool storyline where he like was annoyed at the Internet and killed like YouTubers or comis. And he could kill like politicians from both the left and right.
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