Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Return of the son of pimp my card
And not only, anche un paio di buone recensioni grottesche americane, opera di Rob Clough:
"GROTESQUE has been one of the most playful entries in the underappreciated Ignatz line. Sergio Ponchione has a very "American" quality to his line in terms of his line (thick and rubbery) and character design (a series of homages to masters like EC Segar and more contemporary figures like Charles Burns). Issue #2, the first part of the "Cryptic City" storyline, introduced a city where citizens were under the heel of two corrupt barons and forced to pay for emotions. A Crumb-like figure named Professor Hackensack was charged by the god figure of GROTESQUE, named Mr. O'Blique, to set things right. Issue #2 unfurled a city where 1984-style paranoia, fairy tales, religious iconography, Lovecraftian figures, gothic settings and detective novel cliches all inhabited the same space. That heady stew was reduced to what amounted to a series of chase scenes in #3 that surprisingly resolved the story in a fairly pat (if weird) manner. The story was still enjoyable, but not quite the visual brain scrambler that the first two issues of this series presented. That said, Ponchione's sight gags in this issue were something to behold, like a dead baron's tombstone growing arms and legs and coming after his brothers. What I liked best about the issue was that the focus of Hackensack's quest, a skull containing the Meaning of Life, proved to just be a McGuffin. I will assume that the fourth issue of this series will pick up on the events of the cliffhanger from issue #1; I'll be curious to see how Ponchione is able to tie all of these story threads together in a way that is satisfying"
...e Tucker Stone, contorta ma very positive:
"The sort of ridiculously imaginative goof around that few publishers seem interested in producing, so beholden they must be to ideas of legacy reprints, the name-making serial, or the movie deal, Grotesque is a comic book that might sound the "more of these" alarm. It shouldn't, because while that might be true, who, exactly, is going to create work like this? An inhalation and reformatting of a classic trope here and there, that's not something the shelves are lacking, what's lacking is the skill with which Ponchione ejects them, creating something wholly his own. Popeye as a nun using shoes as banana peels, Nino Brown's dialog from New Jack City repurposed in a Keebler village shoved into the wilds of a Baltic-seeming country, Dick Tracy villains on steroids, and a Build A Friend Kirby 'bot standing in as a travel-ready oracle: this, that which they do not make, this, that which they should"
E se non vi basta fatevi anche tre passi nel delirio nel rinnovato sito di Stefano Zattera, nel suo gruppo di autoaiuto ci trovate anche una mia illustrazia.