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Harris Smith recommends Punks: The Comic #1
You’ve probably seen the old British sitcom “The Young Ones,” but for those who haven’t (and if you haven’t, stop reading this, call in sick to work, and devote the next six hours of your life to watching all 12 episodes. And you have seen them, call in sick and watch them again), it was a show centered around four deadbeat college students who were roommates. There was Neil, a sad hippie; Rick, a pretentious poet; Mike, an egotistical actor; and Vyvyan, a malevolent punk rocker. All of them were poor and desperate and, despite living and spending every waking moment together, seemed to hate one another. The show’s aggression was offset but the characters’ idiosyncrasies and insecurities, perhaps the only thing that kept it from spiraling into complete anarchy and become a Tom and Jerry-esque slapstick bloodbath.
Now, imagine that scenario if three of the characters were the rancorous Vyvan and the remaining roommate carried the brunt of all the characters self-doubting anxiety, and you’ll have a sense of what Punks, the new Image series by Joshua Hale Fialkov, Kody Chamberlain and Rob Guillory is like. Reverberating with the same kind of anything-goes energy as “the Young Ones,” Punks is a manically hilarious take on the lives of down-and-out antisocial counter-culturalists, rendered imaginatively not with pen-and-ink illustrations, but with collaged cut-outs of photographs, a visual aesthetic that foxily recalls the photocopied ‘zines and album covers of the late 70s to early 90s heyday of punk rock.
Punks is a damned funny comic and though it bears the aforementioned influences, its voice and style are thoroughly original- this doesn’t look or feel like anything you’ve read before. Since you’ve already called in sick to work today to watch the Young Ones, throw Generic Flipper on your stereo and dig into one of the funniest, most angst-ridden comics you’ll read this year, and then go smash the state or something.
[Read Punks: The Comic #1 on comiXology]
Harris Smith is a Brooklyn-based comics and media professional. In addition to his role as a Senior Production Coordinator at comiXology, he edits several comics anthologies, including Jeans and Felony Comics, under the banner of Negative Pleasure Publications. He’s also the host of the weekly radio show Neagtive Pleasure on Newtown Radio.