Sex & Violence
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Artwork by Jimmy Broxton, Juan Santacruz
Color by Challenging Studios
Letters by Jimmy Broxton, Bill Totrolini
Cover by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts
Release Date: April, 2013
Cover Price: Kickstarter
Kickstarter…what a change it has brought. No longer does a creator have to hope that they get their idea picked up by a major player in the appropriate genre. Truly amazing the way it has changed business for some people. Not that Sex & Violence needed to worry about any of that. No, with Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray leading the way, this one was destined for print regardless. They did, however, do their fans a solid by making this comic exclusive (for the time being) to the Kickstarter backers and for Print On Demand for a few other exclusive folk. It makes this book a lot more rare than the average comic, no matter how it came to life.
Broken into two sections, this graphic novel is all about sex and violence (obviously). But whereas I expected one about sex and another about violence, these are a bit of both. Each weighs in heavier on one than the other to balance themselves out, however. I would say like yin-yang but in this case it’s all dark so I’m not sure that applies here.
The first part is entitled Pornland, Oregon and it’s written by Gray and has Jimmy Broxton handling the art. It’s a tragic story about youth gone wild, tragedy, revenge and a less-than-happily-ever-after ending. Horrible people exist in the world. Sometimes you think you’re one of nasty people, other times you find out you hurt someone very dear to one of truly terrible ones. The moral of this story: be very careful with whom you fuck, not everyone is as they seem.
The second and final section was penned by Jimmy P. and features Juan Santacruz‘s art. Girl In A Storm is all about the atypical life of a New York cop. Scratch that, a female New York cop who has a bit of a violent streak and some issues with privacy. Lots of nudity in this one but nothing too detailed or graphic. We find she is suffering from a little loneliness leads to making new friends which leads to less loneliness…with a lot of smashing of faces and kicking of ass thrown in between. This one end a lot more fairytale-like, with a slightly less conventional lifestyle choice thrown in for good measure. But screw it, as long as everyone is happy, right?
More. I want more. I’ve got much love for Jimmy Palmiotti and all the work he turns out (especially Jonah Hex stuff). It’s more of the unrequited love of a bromance, really. Seriously though, the dude’s awesome and I love to read anything he turns out. Having his story paired with Justin Gray’s was like winning the lottery twice. You just cannot go wrong here. Gray’s story was just the right amount of twisted to give it some grittiness without going overboard. When you can, buy this book. There is no good reason to not do so. You may have missed the Kickstarter to get a copy but if given a second chance, you better buy it. No excuses.