Tuesday, July 31, 2007
[REVIEW] Psycho Sleaze #1
"Shit, blood, guts, tears, vomit & semen splattering everywhere. This is the meaning of life."
Jose Angeles is a goddamn national treasure. For at least a couple of years now, he's been the busiest artist in the underground churning out book after book of the kind of filth that usually ends up as evidence in a murder trial. Jose started his publishing empire with Crude Dude Comix which he used as a platform to vent his unique misanthropic views of our society in booklet and web formats. I spent many an hour on the toilet (bar none, the best place to read his stuff) laughing at and along with his writing and over-the-top stippled art style. Call him a genius, call him immature, call him fucking crazy but at least his shit demands you form some kind of opinion unlike the bullshit that passes for comics these days. In this day and age of shiny computer colored homogenized Image/Marvel vomit, you know you want something with a little more GUTS, right? I thought so.
Enter Psycho Sleaze, Jose's latest and most insane book yet! While it's a departure from the autobiographical Crude Dude Comix I was used to, I gotta say I'm every bit as happy with this new direction. Rather than wax philosophical while severely fucked up shit befalls the antagonists, this is just pure, straight-up sick horror/humor/splatter. Less reading and more gore!? Fuck yeah!
This tome of perversion brings us seven short tales each of which begins seriously fucked up and ends with you saying, "Holy shit, what the hell is this guy thinking?! Fuck, he has my home address!" My favorite story in the book, called "Eye Balls", has the hero carving out the eyes of everyone within uhh, carving distance and stuffing the trophies down his pants so all may behold his mighty testicles! Check out the pic below for a glimpse of the story's climax! I really don't want to spoil anything else for potential buyers of this badass comic, but rest assured, you've never read anything like it! Even Jake from Bloody Skull Comix never went this far! I can't imagine where Jose will take us from here but I'll be there to pay for my ticket, fuck yeah.
Oh yeah! Gone is the small booklet format from the Crude Dude era and now we're treated to full sized eye-fulls of stippled slaughter! (See Below!!) There are times you'll actually have to hold the comic away from your face a bit just to take in all the detail!
Now to wrap this up. You like comics. You have $10. You have nothing better to spend it on. Buy Psycho Sleaze and save yourself the misery of thumbing through yet another worthless superhero or gothfag art comic.