Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Hysteria: One Man Gang #2

You don't get a lot of story from Mike Hawthorne's Hysteria: One Man Gang, but damn if you don't get some great kung-fu action panels.  Hawthorne has done a hell of a job capturing the spirit of kung-fu movies and transferring it to the printed page.   The fight scenes in this comic are well choreographed (that's almost an understatement here seriously; as simple as it appears, Hysteria has some of the best hand-to-hand choreography i've seen in print), and the well-placed humor is reminiscent of the style used in the best kung-fu movies in my massive home collection. 

#2 picks up where #1 left off as our hero punches and kicks his way through the ruthless "eggs" gang while protecting (in some very original ways while he's fighting) a small girl.  The battle rages through the streets and onto the top of a rolling semi who's driver is blissfully whistling to "momma don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys".  classic.

Perhaps best of all is the bonus "behind the scenes" section in the back of this issue where Mike H talks us through how he puts together the comic (without a script, just via panel sketches and storyboards which i think is pretty damn cool).  He even throws in a mostly blank page at the very back w/ the words "bring this comic to convention, appearance, or signing i'm at, and i will personalize it with a sketch for you for free".  what a nice guy.  A
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PS - Sean i know you liked #1 and i hope you made it here to #2, which i think is even better (and well worth the $2.99 i was hesitant to spend on #1).

PPS - My thoughts on #1.


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Criminal, The Goon, Daredevil, Exterminators, Punisher, Hellboy/B.P.R.D (All), Powers, Godland, Usagi Yojimbo, The Walking Dead, Invincible, Conan, Ex Machina, DMZ, Desolation Jones, Fell, 100 Bullets, All-Star Superman, Ultimates 2, Loveless, and Fear Agent.

I'm recently back reading after a 15 year comics hiatus.

Zilla is not my real name.

I'm from Tejas living in VA. I'm married w/ 2 dogs. I'm an IT security consultant cranking the wheel for a big consulting firm in "real" life.

I watch the History Channel, Nat'l Geo, TLC, Mil Channel, ESPN and NFL Network, CourtTV (forensic files, etc.) and the Cartoon Network (love Genndy T's Samurai Jack and Clone Wars Adventures). My taste in movies: Gladiator, Last Samurai, Braveheart, Godfather, Tarantino (whatever), Kung-Fu (whatever), Westerns, Top Gun, Big Lebowski.

I love the outdoors and bs'ing around w/ my dogs.

In addition to being a comics junkie, i'm also a sports junkie especially when it comes to the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys.

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