Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Graphic novel mini review: Life Sucks

Mr. Mouse was a little concerned to see me reading Life Sucks (by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria and Warren Pleece): "Life doesn't suck!"  (Mr. Mouse likes it out here in Utah.)  But life does suck if you're the put-upon, vegetarian*, youthful looking night manager of a quickie mart whose owner also happens to be your vampire sire. 

Such is the fate of Dave Miller, protagonist of Life Sucks.  His job is a dead end, he's undead and his love life, well, it doesn't have a pulse either.  He's got a big crush on Rosa, a pretty goth girl who works in a fetish lingerie shop down the street, however and with the support of his friends - Carl, his living roommate, and Jerome, a vamp who works in an all-night copy center - manages to strike up a conversation.  Things are looking up until Wes, a lunatic surfer-dude vampire, decides that Rosa might be vampire-bride material.

I really liked the premise of this book, but I didn't really care for the drawings - too crude (Neil Gaiman's Sandman series has totally spoiled me for all other comics, art-wise).  I also thought Rosa's character was not that well-developed, although the rest of the guys were solid.  Life Sucks certainly doesn't suck but neither does it inspire me to come up with a witty ending to this little review.

* a vegetarian vampire only drinks plasma, btw.

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