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CrumpleReview - Crumple
by Dave Cooper
Fantagraphics Books, 2000
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D.
Mar 11th 2002 (Volume 6, Issue 11)

On the front of Crumple it warns “For Mature Readers” and it’s easy to understand why; this science fiction story features sex, pornographic videos, aliens, violence, and slime.  But it might be argued that it should equally warn “For Immature Readers,” because it will appeal mostly to those with a sick sense of humor who revel in the fetid, disgusting, angry, and pathetic sides of life.  In 110 pages, Dave Cooper creates a whole dystopian world in which everyone is covered with zits, boils and rashes, and most people are preoccupied with their search for sex and drugs.  I have to admit it’s an impressive feat, even though I found it pretty hard to follow the plot.  But then I doubt that the plot is really what it’s all about.  Cooper’s great strength is in depicting a revolting oozing texture, and he has an ability to convey that texture that supercedes that of any other comparable artist.  These pages are reminiscent of the seedy futuristic underworlds in the movies Bladerunner and Total Recall, except of course that, being a comic, this is able to be even more fantastic and weird.  There’s a limited number of people Crumple will appeal to, but I’m guessing that among that among that group, most of them will be overcome with delight at the witty repulsiveness of Cooper’s creation. 

 

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