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Bloody, Gory Hell in Foul Mouthed Mature America
am 19. Februar 1999
If Bloody Hell in America is, as the back cover proclaims, "the perfect introduction" to Grant Morris's series The Invisibles, I don't think I'll be sticking around for the ride. Under the premise of an ultra-hip secret group's attempt at securing the possible cure for AIDs from a heavilly guarded military base in New Mexico, Bloody Hell in America quickly reduces itself to just what its title implies: bloody. Soon after the introductory first issue is done with, the story becomes little more than an all out gore fest of bullets, blood, and various body parts, all captured in painstaking, ultra-real close up. I don't know what type of gun King Mob uses, but acid must play some part in the bullet's make-up, judging from the results. And never mind that the group's mission seems to take a comfortable back seat to all of this.
In addition, Morris's story relies too much on swearing. Constant swearing. I understand that a bit of swearing can go a long way (it can build a character, set the mood, or it can even be funny at times), but you know there's problem when for almost every single thing said an explicitive simply has to be thrown in. This must be where the "mature" part kicks in. A questionable maturity indeed, when a story must rely on heavy, unrealistic doses of gore and blatant abuse of the four letter word to entertain its readers. A pity, really. The Invisibles are a great concept, and Phil Jimenez's art is truly wonderful. If only the story were set to match.