The 90s were a crazy era to be a comic book fan, variant covers, special hologram super secret editions that Fanboys would spend their life savings to obtain. Comic Book Junkie tells the stories behind the scenes, the dealers of the 90s who sold comic books like heroin and took it very seriously. Comics were money, and the last thing you wanted to do is mess with a dealer’s money. Ultra violent, cleverly humorous and a sure to be cult classic Comic Book Junkie feels like the Pulp Fiction of comics.
I have to say right off this is one of the most original series I have read lately, an interesting blend of Kevin Smith style humor and gritty Taratino style story telling, Comic Book Junkie authentically feels like a product of the 90s. There countless pop culture references, name drops, and bits of fan service, to the point long time comic nerds will find themselves salivating at all the witty banter. The story really feels like a 90s indie film, much in the vein of such lost gems as The Doom Generation, and S.F.W. The slow burn build up, gives you ample amount of time to develop and introduce the main characters, and does so effectively. The first issue completely captivated me and has me craving my next fix of this highly addictive series.
The art style is highly minimalistic line art adding to the punk rock vibe the book creates. If this comic had a soundtrack it would be comprised of The Circle Jerks, X-Ray Spex, and Fear, a factor this long time punk rocker greatly appreciated. The basic art style reminded me of old-school punk show fliers and comic strips you would sometimes find with in the pages of scene zines. If they art would have been in any other style it would of taken away from the atmosphere this series creates.
Lace up your boots, strap on your bondage pants, and prepare to take a trip back to the angst ridden 90s, where comic books are just as profitable as drugs and there is a sucker born ever minute. Shady comic book dealers, with only one goal in mind to make a quick buck, and over the top violent capers make this an highly interesting indie series. I had a immense amount of fun reading this first issue, and plan on picking up future additions. Fans of Kevin Smith, and gritty 90s indie films will find that Comic Book Junkie feels like going home.
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