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VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy
(W) Peter Milligan
(A/CA) Tess Fowler
Kafka meets King Lear by way of Young Frankenstein in KID LOBOTOMY, a dark, demented, monthly satire that follows a dysfunctional family of hoteliers. Will sibling rivalry, seduction, and shapeshifting eventually lead to sanity or salvation? Big Daddy is a rich hotelier who, in a cracked echo of King Lear, appoints his youngest descendant to manage The Suites, a peculiar hotel located behind the Black Crown Pub. Affectionately known as Kid, his good looks and swagger can't hide a rough childhood of strange therapies and brain operations that have awakened inner demons and psychodramas. This of course makes him eminently qualified to perform lobotomies. A failed rockstar/successful madman gets one last change to prove his worth-and regain his sanity-by turning the hotel that was once his childhood sanctuary into a lucrative business, despite a host of obstacles-including his own sister-who would love nothing more than to see him fail miserably. Kid Lobotomy is co-created/written by Peter Milligan (Shade, the Changing Man, Brittania, Hellblazer) and illustrated by Tess Fowler (Rat Queens) with 'A' covers by Fowler, a 'B' cover by Rory Phillips, and a retailer incentive cover by comics superstar Frank Quitely (Jupiter's Legacy, We3) Bullet points:
Grab your cockroach! Black Crown debuts here!
Special 23 pages of story in the first issue!
Letter columns, creator interviews, process pages & more!
Previews for upcoming Black Crown series!
Date Available: 10/18/2017
This book feels more like a Vertigo book than Vertigo books have felt in a while. It certainly feels more like a Vertigo book than the current crop of Young Animals titles. It also is missing something, and I think that something is a Vertigo level editor to reign things in. Peter Milligan (of Vertigo fame) feels like he gets to do anything he wants in this book. A stronger editorial hand would have shaped and guided this in a few specific directions instead of 44 at once. It does have its moments, but the strongest thing going for it is the Frank Quietly variant cover. Recommended for people who are fine without a cohesive or coherent story line in their books.
I give it 6 out of 10 Grahams