Saturday, 3 December 2016

American Monster, Volume 1 Review (Brian Azzarello, Juan Doe)


Brian Azzarello and Juan Doe’s American Monster reads like odds and sods Azzarello had knocking around his notebooks that he just slapped together into a barely coherent script! 

Set in some American rural town, there’s a badly burned tough guy who might or might not be a bank robber, some rival gangs fighting over something (maybe nothing, maybe they’re just passing the time), a lonely lesbian girl and her friend who shows her boobs to a pervy older guy for money, and that’s somehow meant to be a story. 

Some of the characterisation is ok like the lesbian girl and and the dialogue is decent but none of it comfortably hangs together as a clear narrative. The burned guy was the only really interesting part but he’s relegated to a supporting role despite being on all of the covers, which is disappointing. Juan Doe’s art is anime-esque and isn’t bad though it isn’t memorable either. 

Maybe Azzarello figures out what he’s doing in the second volume but I won’t be coming back to see if he does.

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