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Comic book wise guys, Kane and Able, serve up a summer dump cake of genre-busting mischief and masked mayhem in this oversized anthology of never-before-published strips. Slip in and out of subconsciousness with the Astonishing Shield Bug! Surf the fleshwave with Black Fur in "Who Fears The Deathroach?"! Journey into the sub-basement in the gasoline-tinged "Dustmites"! Ride in Comic book wise guys, Kane and Able, serve up a summer dump cake of genre-busting mischief and masked mayhem in this oversized anthology of never-before-published strips. Slip in and out of subconsciousness with the Astonishing Shield Bug! Surf the fleshwave with Black Fur in "Who Fears The Deathroach?"! Journey into the sub-basement in the gasoline-tinged "Dustmites"! Ride into the Creepzone with Nightmare and Sleepy in the aptly named "Creepzone"!


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Comic book wise guys, Kane and Able, serve up a summer dump cake of genre-busting mischief and masked mayhem in this oversized anthology of never-before-published strips. Slip in and out of subconsciousness with the Astonishing Shield Bug! Surf the fleshwave with Black Fur in "Who Fears The Deathroach?"! Journey into the sub-basement in the gasoline-tinged "Dustmites"! Ride in Comic book wise guys, Kane and Able, serve up a summer dump cake of genre-busting mischief and masked mayhem in this oversized anthology of never-before-published strips. Slip in and out of subconsciousness with the Astonishing Shield Bug! Surf the fleshwave with Black Fur in "Who Fears The Deathroach?"! Journey into the sub-basement in the gasoline-tinged "Dustmites"! Ride into the Creepzone with Nightmare and Sleepy in the aptly named "Creepzone"!

30 review for Kane & Able

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    Chock full of facestomping goodness! If you like your comics trashy, excessively violent, and bordering on the nonsensical, do I have a book for you! Yes, it's trash, but it's funny trash, which I feel is an important distinction to make. It's also well drawn trash, which just makes the whole thing even more delightfully wasteful. The final story especially, Creepzone featuring messrs Nightmare and Sleepy, made me laugh a lot, but I won't deny I shed a manly tear over Sleepy's bootprinted fate. Per Chock full of facestomping goodness! If you like your comics trashy, excessively violent, and bordering on the nonsensical, do I have a book for you! Yes, it's trash, but it's funny trash, which I feel is an important distinction to make. It's also well drawn trash, which just makes the whole thing even more delightfully wasteful. The final story especially, Creepzone featuring messrs Nightmare and Sleepy, made me laugh a lot, but I won't deny I shed a manly tear over Sleepy's bootprinted fate. Perfect Christmas present. (Hugged my face from Edelweiss)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    An anthology of over the top, ultra-violent comics that don't make the most sense. It's like a 10 year old boy's fever dreams drawn on a page, yet, I kind of dug it. Lots of odes to EC and out to prove that Frederic Wertham may have been right. Comics will rot your brain. Received a review copy from Image and Edelweiss. An anthology of over the top, ultra-violent comics that don't make the most sense. It's like a 10 year old boy's fever dreams drawn on a page, yet, I kind of dug it. Lots of odes to EC and out to prove that Frederic Wertham may have been right. Comics will rot your brain. Received a review copy from Image and Edelweiss.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Yes, I suspect the title came first, but this collaboration of sorts does make sense, featuring two cartoonists whose unsound sensibilities mesh just as well as their pen names. Truth be told, there's not that much of them actually working together; a game of Exquisite Corpse, and possibly the letters page, of whose alleged correspondents (especially the one nocturnally menaced by a 'fuck monkey') I find myself unaccountably sceptical. The Shaky Kane material ties into his recent Bulletproof Cof Yes, I suspect the title came first, but this collaboration of sorts does make sense, featuring two cartoonists whose unsound sensibilities mesh just as well as their pen names. Truth be told, there's not that much of them actually working together; a game of Exquisite Corpse, and possibly the letters page, of whose alleged correspondents (especially the one nocturnally menaced by a 'fuck monkey') I find myself unaccountably sceptical. The Shaky Kane material ties into his recent Bulletproof Coffin work, and I would say you don't need to have read that to follow this, but it would probably be truer to say that I have read Bulletproof Coffin, and I still had only the barest clue what was going on. All the same, I enjoy his decomposed Kirby-isms; his off-kilter EC nods; the way there are so many holes punched in the fourth wall that by the time the whole thing is tilted on its side, you fall right through the floor. I'm not so familiar with Able's work, so I don't know whether his Black Fur really is a recurring character – but given Black Fur is a bear in a jetpack who may be a superhero or a tyrant, flanked by two babies with chainsaws, and fighting a lurid scenario suggesting Greg Bear's Blood Music by way of loopy anti-drugs propaganda, I'm certain I'd like to see more of him. The whole thing is a mess of ghoulish laughs and improbable gore, harking back to the sort of comics which gave the whole medium a bad name for decades – and in case it wasn't clear, that's a recommendation. (Edelweiss ARC)

  4. 4 out of 5

    তানজীম Rahman)

    Not bad. Felt like a relic from the mid-90s indie comix/Vertigo era. The first story distinctly reminded me of an issue from Morrison's Doom Patrol run, the one where The Men in Green harass a bearded man (can't recall the issue number, it was a part of the arc where DP goes into space). I liked the ode to Kirby, and the artwork had that bright, semi-realistic quality that was common in a lot of Vertigo books from a decade ago. Exquisite Corpse! Huh! Who plays Exquisite Corpse anymore? That was a Not bad. Felt like a relic from the mid-90s indie comix/Vertigo era. The first story distinctly reminded me of an issue from Morrison's Doom Patrol run, the one where The Men in Green harass a bearded man (can't recall the issue number, it was a part of the arc where DP goes into space). I liked the ode to Kirby, and the artwork had that bright, semi-realistic quality that was common in a lot of Vertigo books from a decade ago. Exquisite Corpse! Huh! Who plays Exquisite Corpse anymore? That was almost charming in its quaintness.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    This felt like an exercise in getting weird and improvisational with whatever an artist can come up with. Pretty funny and absurd designs to meet the situations. Nothing all that special, just two artists expressing themselves in whatever strikes their fancy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    So delightfully odd. Who needs drugs when there’s this gem?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    One thing is for certain – you really have to have a taste for the badly-written, gonzo-styled old-school comic to get on board with this one. Here, characters old and new (all unknown to me) hack and slash, and stamp on vampire heads, and meet with aliens – oh, and a humongous humanoid form created by a cockroach character out of thousands of melting humans gets bested by a flying bear and two chainsaw-wielding baby dolls. Of course it does.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Angel Hench

    I'm not exactly sure what I read but I enjoyed it and found myself laughing out loud a few times at just how bizarre and fun this was. If any of the following images intrigue you, then you really should pick this up. Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy! I'm not exactly sure what I read but I enjoyed it and found myself laughing out loud a few times at just how bizarre and fun this was. If any of the following images intrigue you, then you really should pick this up. Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Harry Jahnke

    When I was a kid, I was gifted a couple of book called Little Lit books; Strange Stories for Strange Children. They were anthology books with small comics that sometimes followed a traditional story path and sometimes did something entirely different and always with incredible artwork.. That's what this felt like. A lovely homage to the comics of yesteryear complete with Jack Kirby, E.C. Comics, the Marvel Bullpen, and even those wonderful ad pages that promised everything from X-Ray specs to th When I was a kid, I was gifted a couple of book called Little Lit books; Strange Stories for Strange Children. They were anthology books with small comics that sometimes followed a traditional story path and sometimes did something entirely different and always with incredible artwork.. That's what this felt like. A lovely homage to the comics of yesteryear complete with Jack Kirby, E.C. Comics, the Marvel Bullpen, and even those wonderful ad pages that promised everything from X-Ray specs to the Charles Atlas fitness system. My only complaint is that it isn't longer.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    3.5 stars This was pleasantly bizarre even if I never fully felt like I was on either creator’s wavelength. Kane’s contributions were more immediately appreciated by me as a new reader as he leans more on goofy gross-out genre thrills than Able’s nonlinear meta style, but both are distinctly idiosyncratic enough that I bet I’d enjoy them more if I’d been down either rabbit hole before. In any case, I thought this was a fun, quick read if you’re okay with playful gratuitousness.

  11. 5 out of 5

    April Gray

    Feel like reading something that will make you think "Wtf did I just read?!?" Look no further, this is the book for you! This was weird, odd, and delightfully lowbrow, I'm not really sure what was going on through most of it, but I did enjoy it! The art was great, just, wow. I mean, look at that cover! Some very solid laughs, too. Good stuff, Maynard! 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 Feel like reading something that will make you think "Wtf did I just read?!?" Look no further, this is the book for you! This was weird, odd, and delightfully lowbrow, I'm not really sure what was going on through most of it, but I did enjoy it! The art was great, just, wow. I mean, look at that cover! Some very solid laughs, too. Good stuff, Maynard! 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    It's deliberately over the top and hyperviolent with lots of gore, but the art in each section pulls it off spectacularly. Lots of goofy over-the-top references to other comics, I'm sure some of them mean-spirited and some of them loving, that's bizarre and goofy enough to be a fun ride. It's deliberately over the top and hyperviolent with lots of gore, but the art in each section pulls it off spectacularly. Lots of goofy over-the-top references to other comics, I'm sure some of them mean-spirited and some of them loving, that's bizarre and goofy enough to be a fun ride.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Deane Hariss

    Well that was…. Different! It made me chuckle a lot, say what the fuck a lot, and the art was soothing to my eyes in the most grotesque of ways.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Mossop

    Really easy to read. Some of the stories better than others. Good new age pulp.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pop Bop

  16. 4 out of 5

    Arthur

  17. 4 out of 5

    BRiAN Johnson

  18. 4 out of 5

    RG

  19. 4 out of 5

    James Sheppard

  20. 4 out of 5

    Omman

  21. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  23. 4 out of 5

    Logan Dalton

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kati

  25. 4 out of 5

    Matthew McGhie

  26. 4 out of 5

    RP Madison

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tom Shapira

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dillon

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Ferguson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

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