Weird Comic Watch: American Barbarian
Do you love America? Of course you do, it’s America! But what if you were thrown into the far future where your precious America was taken away and replaced by an apocalyptic wasteland full of dinosaurs, renegade robots, and savage warriors? Maybe you would be sad at the loss of corndogs and apple pie, but you could take some comfort that this world is way cooler than anything you’re used to. This world belongs to… AMERICAN BARBARIAN!
American Barbarian was written and drawn by Tom Scioli, best known as the artist of the acclaimed indie comic Godland. Scioli’s art is very reminiscent of the late Jack Kirby, especially his cosmic stories about space heroes and megalithic monsters. American Barbarian carries that style into a world that blends the post-apocalypse with classic sword-and-sorcery (like Thundarr the Barbarian, one of the best cartoons ever). It started as an online comic but was recently collected into a hardcover edition, telling the story of Meric, one of seven brothers in a family sworn to duty and justice. But when his father and brothers are killed, Meric carves this into his fingertips:
With his family destroyed, Meric is forced to strike out alone, make new allies, and defeat the scourge of the wastelands, a monster known as Two Tank Omen. He’s sort of like Xerxes and Apocalypse, only he has tanks for feet.
As a genre fan, this was a must-have for me. If you grew up in the early eighties, during the barbarian craze started by SchwartzenConan, then I promise you’ll enjoy American Barbarian. It has all the savage action and epic adventure, ONLY WEIRDER! And yes, you can go to http://www.ambarb.com to see the comic in its original e-format (and even see some of Scioli’s next project, called “Satan’s Soldier”), I highly suggest the hardcover. It’s a good price and very well-made. I guess I’m just a traditional comic reader, but I also love the smell of good comics. Even when they have this sort of stuff in them…
Now that’s how you start Chapter Seven.