Thursday, January 27, 2011

Review of "Peepo Choo" by Felipe Smith

Peepo Choo, Volume 1Peepo Choo, Volume 1 by Felipe Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Felipe Smith brings a kinetic feel to his satirical look at American and Japanese subcultures, whether it's comic books or organized crime. Like much of mainstream manga, Smith exaggerates: anatomy, weirdness, violence, sex. But in bringing his art and story to such extremes, he lays the groundwork for finding out the complicated truths and disheartening assumptions about people and subcultures on both sides of the Pacific. As evidenced by the cover, there are many sexually and violently explicit images, but they are similar in tone to pulp fiction (and I don't mean Tarantino's movie, either) or to a grindhouse movie, only better. This is an odd, manic, and exciting introduction.

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