Saturday, March 30, 2013

365 Comics... 89: Insufferable (2012)

Just finished reading Mark Waid & Peter Krouse's inaugural title for <a href ="">Thrillbent</a>, his experimental digital comics site (in partnership with writer John Rogers).  I found the characters engaging eventually, though I was initially put off by yet another series whose premise revolves around analogues of more famous heroes (here it's Batman and Robin) and deviating from there.

Waid writes this more as a superhero comedy/drama revolving around family, something he has had plenty of experience with Fantastic Four and The Incredibles, and it genuinely made me laugh out loud more than a few times.  The character of Galahad (the Robin of the scenario) started to read like Sterling Archer by the latter third (which I think is the perfect tone for the character which wasn't coming through quite self-involved enough initially).

The tagline of the series is " What happens when you’re a crimefighter and your sidekick grows up to be an arrogant, ungrateful douchebag?"  In taking the Robin/ Batman tact, though, Galahad never meets the level of asshat-edness and insufferability of Damian Wayne.

I don't have a lot to say about the format.  It's probably scaled for iPhone and iPad, so my Galaxy Note II led to a lot of scrolling. As well the "weekly" structure makes it a little annoying to read after the fact (as it's not continuous reading on the in-page app).

For free it's definitely a fun read.

And look, a guy wearing a coat of babies.

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