Saturday, March 1, 2014

Review of The Infidel featuring Pigman #1-2 by Bosch Fawstin

The Infidel featuring Pigman tells two stories, one within the other. On one level it tells the story of Frank and Mohammad, two Muslim brothers involved in the 9/11 attacks, one who regrets it and becomes Pigman, a terrorist hunting super hero who attopted the pig totem because of how unholy the animal is to Muslims,and the other who becomes the super powered SuperJihad to battle him. But the book also goes all meta on us and simultaneously tells us the story of Killian Duke, a former Muslim who turned his back on Islam after 9/11 and created the Pigman comic book and his still Muslim twin brother Salaam who is none to happy with his brother's work, even having him beat up in an attempt to get him to stop.

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.
This is a neocon miss characterization of the idea of blowback that has always irked me. Blowback isn't the idea of some sort of karma coming back to bite us, like we were mean to the Indians so the gods sent Muslims to punish us. Nor is it the idea that the individual people in the towers deserved it. It's the idea that years of various bombings, CIA sponsored unrest and government topplings, and sanctions will piss people off, and some of them might be pissed off enough to fly planes into your buildings. And let's remember, it wasn't some liberal douche who coined that term, it was the CIA itself.

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.

3 comments:

  1. I wish comics stopped being written as some retarded battleground for ideological propaganda and creators instead focused on exploring the characters and settings they have, trying to tell the best and most interesting stories with them, without the need to shoehorn some "social message".

    Or at the very least, if creators want to talk about something like that, they'd actually get properly informed and explore issues from all perspectives in a fair way, instead of just vomiting their tunnel-visioned, pre-established, set-in-stone ideological tripe on paper.
    What's worse are the gullible people who read that stuff and come away thinking they've just been enlightened by some profound exploration on some subject; Like the morons who parrot "X-men comics are like, totally about discrimination and rights and stuff"...

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    1. I generally agree about not caring for preachy comics. It's fine to have a message, but it's best to be subtle about it, after all actually being entertaining should be priority one. I think I'm giving this one such slack because it just seems a needed counter balance to all the white washing of Muslim culture going on at Marvel and DC in the last couple years.

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    2. I don't mean to frame this in an "entertainment vs anything" type of way; Perhaps my English is lacking so it might have come out like that.
      What i mean is, creators/companies should stop using comics as billboards and mothpieces for their ideological positions.

      You wanna write about some subject? By all means do. Only, do your research first, present actual arguments and explore the issue in an unbiased way; Even if you do want to take a particular stance, don't present opposing views in the most ridiculous, cartoonish way. Or better yet, have the characters themselves take stances and argue for them, without defining who's right or wrong. If you can't do that, you shoudn't be trying to write about anything other than characters punching stuff.

      I ridicule X-men comics for this reason because while the premise could be good for an interesting exploration on issues of discrimination, rights, nationalism and even gun control, the comic invaribly takes the oh-so-controversial stance of "discrimination is always wrong, evil and irrational!" and present the bad guys as anti-mutants foaming and screaming things like "Mutants have no right to exist!"...

      Also, i wasn't addressing this Infidel comic in particular, but "soap-boxing" in general as a staple in comics.
      The pervasive plague of political correctness we have today is just beyond belief and frankly, i'm sick of it. It's destroying great characters and settings alike for ideological reasons.

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