Saturday, March 1, 2014
Review of The Infidel featuring Pigman #1-2 by Bosch Fawstin
I suppose before I can even really begin to review something like this it's only fair I explain my views on Islam and the War on Terror, so cards on the table here; I think Islam is nothing but a bunch of barbaric nonsense. This is not to say that every Muslim is a violent savage, but the faith itself was founded by a barbaric savage and it very accurately reflects those values. That being said I am by no means some gung ho neocon, if it were up to me all of America's troops would be brought home yesterday. Bin Laden is dead and we have retaliated and made our point. Time to pack it up. I am also convinced that the actions of the American government in that region of the world over the last several decades, even well before 9/11, have done nothing but stir up hornet's nests and 9/11 was the inevitable stinging that resulted from our meddlesome and idiotic Woodrow Wilson style progressive police the world foreign policy.
So with all that said how are the first two issues of The Infidel featuring Pigman? Well in short, they're OK, but they're certainly not great. As with many controversial things this book simply can't live up to the storm surrounding it. On the plus side, the art is decent. It's a bit amateurish, but in that indie comic way that has a lot of heart and charm, like the original Ninja Turtles comics. Watching Pigman blow up terrorists in an over the top action movie way has a certain cathartic joy to it, especially with many mainstream comics trying to whitewash Muslim culture in painfully transparent ways. And during the Duke brother's parts there are two different Muslim characters, one in particular who are portrayed as very decent and kind hearted men, which tells me this book is more about attacking Islam than Muslims, going after the philosophy and theology rather than the people in general. But the meta style of story telling has a bit of a Mary Sue fan fic feel to it. Also there is a scene in which Killian Duke is on a panel at some comic con about 9/11 related comics and in the back and forth he has with the fat liberal douche next to him the topic of blowback came up.
So in short, should you check out Pigman? Well on one hand I think it's a pretty decent read and the issues I took with it were generally outweighed by the parts I found enjoyable. On the other hand as far as I know it's only available for digital download on Comixology. And the price is a ridiculous $2.99 an issue. For that kinda money you should be getting an actual physical comic book that you actually own. So at that price I couldn't recommend this book, hell at $2.99 for a digital only copy I have a hard time recommending any comic book. But if you have some money to burn you could certainly do worse. It was better than that Muslim Ms. Marvel that just came out that's for sure.