So, I’ve come to the conclusion that I MUST be missing something. I must be because I ran across something I just purely didn't understand.
I was reading Gangland #1 from Vertigo (DC Comics). It’s a compilation of short stories. There are many different types of artwork, writing, etc. And normally, that doesn’t bother me…until I came upon what I could conceivably call the worst comic I have ever encountered.
It’s called “Chains” by Peter Kuper. This is just awful all the way around. The one in this particular issue, because unfortunately there are more, is basically a picture book representation of ‘The Life of Cocaine’...or heroin, I don't know what drug it's supposed to be.
Okay, I’m an adult. A REAL adult, meaning I’m well over 18 and have been for quite some time. First of all, I am offended that something so simplistic would be in a comic book that I consider to be for mature readers. Now, I understand that a comic book is a series of pictures accompanied by small portions of words to depict a story. But, I don’t expect only pictures. I am NOT four years old.
Second, the artwork is just awful, in my opinion. Not only am I left with four to five pages of “follow the pictures and figure it out” but, the artwork isn’t even clear as to what is happening. Like I, an average human being, can fill in the blanks and missing pieces of the hardcore drug manufacturing and distribution depicted in this story. There is no explanation of what is going on, who anyone is. By the third page, I was just over it and wanted to get on to the next story…which had words.
Also, the life of Cocaine or Heroin??? Seriously??? They thought THAT was a rock-solid comic book short idea??? Not only does that seem desperate, what they chose for said story seems like nothing more than page filler to bulk up an issue. It really turned me off on the issue too. I haven’t picked it back up since I read this comic short and it’s just sitting there…probably going to sit there for a while.
I can get more out of the Sunday Funny Papers than this comic short. I mean, Family Circle was wicked better than this and I don’t know if that’s saying much.
The only thing I can recommend this short for is a burn session in a fireplace. At least then it might be useful.