Published on July 24th, 2014 | by JCDoyle0
Superannuated Man #2 – Comic Review
Bolo has taken a massive bite out of the ‘Meat’ and Mr Bricky is far from impressed but not as unimpressed as Poponopolis will be when his delivery turns up short. After a brief chastising which leaves Bolo a little down on himself, Mr Bricky heads back to the black market shop to replace the missing product.
Meanwhile, who should be entering that very shop at that very moment? Our hero He, the Supperannuated Man. He lays into the ape owner ‘Chuckles’ like a police officer goading a known felon, ridiculing him and purposefully using his wrong name. (An aside: names and unwelcome nicknames are used on several occasions in this issue. Is this important or just a black market red herring? Only time will tell) But he’s not there to bust up the black market dealings that Chuckles has going on ‘out back’, he just wants to purchase some tasty, healthy fish.
Mr Bricky and He just miss each other at the shop and Mr Bricky has an almost humiliating conversation as he tries to replace his original order. He meanwhile employs the barter system using his newly acquired fish to go to the cinema.
Ted McKeever’s black and white art is unpleasant to look at but this is definitely a good thing for this comic. The grotesqueness of his characters contrasted with the relatively normal central character produces an uneasy juxtaposition which is complemented further by the ambiguous characterisation of the ‘hero’. It’s still not clear yet if He is a hero or not, so far he is simply a sole survivor of the Human race (although there are hints in this issue that he may not be the last, Soylent Green springs to mind but that’s all I’m saying)
The entire feel of the comic is reminiscent of the 1991 French film Delicatessen. It has the same over the top grotesquery’s paraded as allegories for modern social stereotypes: The profiteer, the gangster, the corrupt cop. Although the characters aren’t advanced very much in this issue, the ambiguity of their nature and surroundings feed the greater narrative. At this time in the comic’s life (issue 2) it is enough to follow the characters like a fly on the wall, voyeuristically watching without much understanding of what is happening.
For a comic that didn’t originally appeal to me, Ted McKeever’s mastery of his art and storytelling is a massive fish hook that you will have trouble removing even if you want to.
Title: Superannuated Man
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer/Artist: Ted McKeever