Paul Di Filippo (pgdf) wrote in theinferior4,
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Comic Book Subtext

Perhaps you've heard about Mark Millar's egregiously violent and sub-moronic comic book series, KICK-ASS:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kick-Ass

It's already been optioned for film, after the success of his earlier egregiously violent and sub-moronic series WANTED, which hit the screens this year starring Angelina Jolie.

http://tinyurl.com/5t8m2x

Well, I'm here to tell you now that KICK-ASS is really a clever, sophisticated, metatextual literary riff on the battle between indie, alternative graphic novels and traditional or extreme superhero comics, for the supremacy of the pictorial narrative world. What leads me to this startling conclusion?

The exact mapping of the hero of KICK-ASS onto the famous autobiographical depiction of Chester Brown, one of the indie scene's leading creators. Don't believe me? Just look at Chester Brown on the left, and the young protagonist of KICK-ASS on the right:




Surely an artist as talented as John Romita Jr could not perform such a "swipe" accidentally.

No, we are forced by this visual identicalness to conclude that somehow the senseless, tawdry and pandering events of KICK-ASS are subtly playing out the esthetic and marketplace struggle between two camps of graphic novel creators.

Now I can't wait for the film!
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