Apr 6, 2017

The 40 Years of Comics Project - The Weekly Graphic Novel: Week 41 - Girl, 1999

Another book from the naughty list today.


I'll admit, having flipped quickly through this book when I bought the collection it was part of, I was not holding out high hopes. The main character looks like her top half is so heavy she'd have to have hips and legs made out of titanium. It's worse inside than on the cover. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that the story itself is actually kind of cool. And, as the back cover notes, "In his [Taylor's] world, everyone, male and female, is eye-poppingly well-endowed." It's true. I think all of the men in this comic must be wearing track pants, because wearing anything form-fitting with those giant appendages would be inconceivably uncomfortable.

The story, shorn  or the porn, is about a young woman who decides to dabble in the occult and winds up finding herself as a major player in much bigger mystical adventure. With the nudity and sex put back in, the focal point of much of the occult action is sex. Taylor's characters, as I noted, are well on the stylized side, though his depictions of genitalia are a little more realistic than his depictions of the rest of human anatomy. I'm perplexed, as I always am, by the crassness of most of the male characters during sex - what is it about calling a woman a "bitch" that's so tantalizing? I kind of reserve that word for people that I truly dislike, none of whom I would have sex with. I suppose, sadly, it's endemic of patriarchal culture, this denigration of a woman during sex. I count myself lucky that it's an attitude that I just don't understand.

The series continues, and I think I have 3 or 4 more of the books in the series, though I'll take a bit of a break from it for now. One can only take so much of watermelon-sized breasts and 3-foot long penises.

To be continued.

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