Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac is one of my favorites from Jhonen Vasequez. The style feels very organic and unrestrained, and the theme of the book feels very true to the author. Johnny the Homicidal Maniac is literally a homicidal maniac and the story follows him in his adventures through what seems to be an even more insane world. What makes the story so interesting is that Johnny is essentially the hero, even though spends the novel slaughtering relatively innocent people. Johnny eventually has to battle with himself as what seems to be the manifestation of his insanity slowly creeps through his house and tries to overtake him. Im not sure whos side I was really on throughout the series – I enjoyed Johnny and didnt really want to see him get any kind of retribution for his actions, but I was almost hoping for some kind of change in him. I think this one of Jhonen Vasquezs better works, just because it seems less censored than some of his later stuff. Even the style feels very raw, as if it were drawn by a very angry person with a very angry pen.

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