Complete Multiple Warheads

(text & illus.). Image. 2014. 208p. ISBN 9781607068402. pap. $17.99. Rated: M+. FANTASY
Complete Multiple Warheads is set in a world where water can be haunted, cigarettes sing, and slug-like creatures are harnessed to provide guilt-free power. The main character is an organ hunter named Sexica who is determined to start a new life with her werewolf boyfriend in the Impossible City after one of World War III's abandoned aircraft comes hurtling down from the sky and destroys their apartment. Meanwhile, another organ hunter named Nura is chasing a life form who is able to regrow organs and who is the ultimate catch but who also has a definite taste for melodrama and is not going to make things easy. Just like the story, the art is deceptively simple blending. Both line and shading are clean and subtle, but landscapes and perspectives are constantly shifting making the action sometimes difficult to follow. The cleverness of the writing, the sheer number of puns, and the hidden sight gags encourage readers to revisit this highly original book again and again. It's like Alan Martin's Tank Girl in the hands of R. Crumb.
VERDICT This decidedly adult book will appeal to readers who are looking for something very different but may leave those expecting a standard sf dystopia wondering what just happened.
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