Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Comic #7: The Maxx Volume 1
Info: Wildstorm, copyright 2003, 144 pages
A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): The Maxx is fighting for good, but he's really bad at it.
An extremely imaginative and profound series, THE MAXX tells the tale of a fractured woman whose repressed emotions and memories prevent her from living a normal life and the hulking purple super-hero who tries to save her. A master of denial, Julie Winters created a magical dream world where she unknowingly escapes to when reality is too much. But when the two planes of existences momentarily connected, her supernatural spirit protector merged with a homeless man and the Maxx was created. Now existing in both worlds but suffering from amnesia whenever he crosses over, the Maxx tries to battle his apparent fits of insanity as he protects Julie in both realities from the murderous sorcerer Mr. Gone and the Isz, his magical minions.
Found this one on a Buzzfeed list of comic books everyone should read. Not really my style. In fact, I never really figured out what was going on. A giant purple guy moves around our world, no one seemingly the wiser, fighting for justice and being watched over by a busty blonde who also thinks is some jungle queen. There's a bad guy, and these little black creatures, and apparently another plane of existence...just not sure what was happening. I did really enjoy the artwork though. The colors were super vivid and the Maxx, despite his appearance, seemed like a pretty cool guy.
Maybe I should try another? Does anyone know of the story flushes out a bit in volume two?
Up next: Tales from the Farm (Essex County #1) by Jeff Lemire