[T]here’s something to be said for subtlety, for a kind of liminal intelligence that requires the reader to do the heavy lifting, to read in between the lines, to draw conclusions that may not be obvious ... This is the mode in which Benjamin Marra’s new graphic novel, “Terror Assaulter (O.M.W.O.T.),” operates. On the surface, there is nothing subtle about Marra’s work- this is a comic whose cover features a sunglasses-clad secret agent with a cigarette dangling from his mouth decapitating a chainsaw wielding barbarian with a samurai sword- but it’s this very lack of subtlety where the intelligence of “Terror Assaulter” lies. Marra plays on genre conventions, drawing from 80s and 90s action films and comics, in what is ultimately a profoundly thoughtful post-structuralist decoding of the social constructs of gender, authority and violence, and the ways in which these ideas collide within popular culture
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Review | TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror)
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