Monday, March 15, 2010

Bodycount Graphic Novel Review

 Bodycount Graphic Novel Review

About the Comic: In Kevin Eastman's last major work on the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" he teamed up with Simon Bisley to spin a "John Woo" inspired story featuring Raphael and Casey Jones. In this one hundred page action packed adventure, often called the longest running gunfight in comics, Casey and Raphael find them selves caught-up in the middle of an international family murder revenge assassination plot, complete with gansters, thugs, secret agents, double agents, armies of Kevlar covered swat teams, resistance warriors, and more spent shell casings that the D-Day invasion.

Our Take: Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles over 25 years ago now.  They had no idea it'd spawn the empire that it did.  In that time, we have seen Eastman go off in a darker direction that really contrasts the current image of the TMNT.   His work on Heavy Metal magazine and in the darker fantasy realms has made him a rather interesting character.  In Eastman's last major foray into the TMNT, he incorporated his modern sensibilities, along with amazing artist Simon Bisley (cover artist on Grendel: War Child), to create a dark and violent take on Ninja Turtle Raphael.

I went into this book expecting something...well...worthy of Heavy Metal's reputation.  Thats just what I got!  Eastman masterfully provides us with a whitty tale of Raph and Casey Jones, riddled with curse words and extreme violence.  If you're looking to illustrate violence and grit, Simon Bisley is your man.  I'm a long-time Bisley fan and his work in this book is top notch.  Anything from bloody eye sockets, with eyeballs hanging out to busty, scantily-clad warrior women..Bodycount has it all.

This book is definately not for the younger TMNT fan.  If you've been into the Turtles since the 1980s or even 1990s, then this is for you.  I would recommend this one for 13 or older by my own standards...probably 16 or older by most other peoples, lol.  Its a fantastic read and a great graphic novel. 
How to Buy: the Heavy Metal Magazine Store

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