A Bizarre New World

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Bizarro, one of those quite difficult non-characters that were invented for a single purpose – to oppose Superman, appears alongside Jimmy Olson and a strange little alien named Colin in more or less his own Comic Book Mini Series. Due to his strange and reverse vocabulary, his way of saying one thing and completely meaning the opposite makes this character hard to put him on the cover of a magazine. A task that was somehow accomplished within this six-issue-mini-series by Heath Corson (Writer) and Gustavo Duarte (Artist / Cover Artist). A good job well done.

“Hate HARLEY QUINN? Then you will super hate BIZARRO! Bizarro star of worstest comic ever! Go ahead and miss it! If there’s one thing this graphic novel not have, it these two things: Jimmy Olsen and Chupacabras!”
… from the DC website

The story is not about a crazy trip through America, alongside the not above mentioned characters Jimmy Olsen and Colin, whose origin will never be explained. This is a complete dull road movie story – from the very beginning there is no action, no crazy scene which may make your eyes fall out of your head or your brain go topsy turvey. No, there is not even a storyline that is worth mentioning – there are no important guest stars appearing either. There is no Superman, no Batman, no Zatanna and not even Jonah Hex. Their travel doesn’t even take very long, not to mention that they do not visit an old Western City, a Secret Alien Prison or get lost in a dessert. That is not happening. 

Apart from this – let’s be straight for some sentences here – the concept of the storytelling was awesome, I honestly mean it. Each issue was numbered in reverse order by starting with chapter six to begin with. We also have the chance of seeing the artwork of some great guest artists, there is Bill Sienkiewicz, Kelley Jones, Darwyn Cooke, Tim Sale, Rafael Albuquerque, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ha. All of them deliver very fine pieces of art, Kelley Jones gives us Batman and Tim Sale draws a fitting Superman opposite Bizarro.

What I liked most was the issue with Zatanna, the fact that Bizarro already thinks and talks in reverse order makes him the more powerful magician in comparison with Zatanna. A natural talent – how the writer includes this into the story was amazing. We see Bizarro finding out that he is a great wizard, walks through different dimensions, even takes Zatanna her powers away and switches Body with Jimmy Olsen which leads to Chaos in the City. Hilarious how he finds out about how he speaks and how strange this sounds.

So, what will I do next? I will unread it again and again? Why? Because I hated it so much that I will throw away all my issues of Harley Quinn.

This cannot be unsaid any more, or can it? Did I err?
Who knows, can’t be important.

 

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By the way, for those of you who may have missed the single issues – there will be a Graphic Novel for sale on the 3rd of February 2016. Have No-Fun!

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