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Dark Adult Comic of Evil Comedy

  • Jun 28, 2010
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You need to really appreciate dark comedy to enjoy this. So if you're easily offended, think everything is sunshine and rainbows, or like your violence rated PG you should probably stay away from this one. (Oh, and parents, you probably don't want to give it to your child without at least knowing what twisted horrors are inside)

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (JTHM) is just that, a homicidal maniac. His psychosis is encouraged by two styrofoam dough boys and the wall's need to be covered in fresh blood. Throughout the comic, we meet his victims in various stages of their tortuous demise. But Johnny, also called Nny, feels he is doing society a solid by killing those that are a negative impact on society as a whole or the media world. It makes this comic surprisingly insightful and philosophical. And of course, there are the extremely creative and gruesome deaths drawn out. Ways that you would probably never think of.

This comic is created by Jhonen Vasquez, most famous for the Nickelodeon series Invader Zim. He has also created the JTHM off-shoot Squee, who is Nny's elementary aged next door neighbor. Nny takes great pleasure in terrifying Squee, who's real name is actually Todd. And somehow his parents never find out. . .

Jhonen has a very distinctive dark humor and drawing style. So if you are fans of either Zim or Squee, you will like JTHM. Though, this is much more adult oriented than Zim ever was. He continues his themes of strange comedic violence, control, self-questionable sanity, and just plain messing with you attitude. He also brings forward his opinions on fan-girls and fan-boys, which is negative to say the least.

I highly recommend this to fans of dark comedy, the morbid, horror, goth, Jhonen Vasquez, Roman Dirge/Lenore, Serena Valentino/Gloomcookie.

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June 28, 2010
I've heard of this comic series, but I've never read it. I didn't know it was by the creator of Zim!
 
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Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
A great blend of horror, humor, and bucketloads of creativity. Jhonen Vasquez has a way with bouncing between morbid and manic, existential and shallow, and righteous and evil that keeps my head spinning pleasingly every time I read.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
the title makes it sound morbid, but honestly its a seriously funny read.
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Mayhem and violence rule in this collection of issues one through seven of Jhonen Vasquez's Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, as well as material seen before only in Carpe Noctem magazine. Dark and disturbingly funny, JTHM follows the adventures of Johnny (you can call him Nny), who lives with a pair of styrofoam doughboys that encourage his madness, a wall that constantly needs a fresh coat of blood, and--oh, yeah--his victims in various states of torture. Join Nny as he frightens the little boy next door (Todd, known to fans of Vasquez's work as Squee), thirsts for Cherry Brain Freezies, attempts suicide, draws Happy Noodle Boy, and tries to uncover the meaning of his homicidal existence.
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ISBN-10: 0943151163
ISBN-13: 978-0943151168
Author: Jhonen Vasquez
Genre: Horror, Humor
Publisher: SLG Publishing (July 1997)
Date Published: (July 1997)
Format: Paperback: 168 pages, Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches
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