Wednesday, November 20, 2019

BOTTOMFEEDER - EIBON PRESS slams the sequential slime!

Time for a book review, Tomb Dwellers!  This one has been sitting too long, time to point you to the BEST indie series you need to read!

By Stephen Romano and Pat Carbajal based on a story by Shawn Lewis and Joseph Melendez Jr.

“We're all one wet cunt hair away from the worst thing that could possibly happen.”

    So says Lieutenant Joe Angell of San Lucifer. A man with seemingly nothing to lose, prowling his beat wielding weapons of scorn and insatiable appetites for his vices.  In the EIBON PRESS three issue comic series, BOTTOMFEEDER, it's a non stop orgy of gore, bad behavior and a gritty ruggedness that made me wonder if this is what SIN CITY would have looked like if it had been based on the works of Iceberg Slim or Joseph Nazel. More directly, step into a world that could have happened if Abel Ferrara had been approached early on by Roger Corman to direct HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP. The only directive was to keep his aesthetic while making it fun for the drive in crowd. Not an easy balance to find, right? Balancing on Angell's proverbial wet cunt hair challenging I'd say. And the reader sits, in awe that they made it all work. SEE! Tits and gore and monster cocks shredding nubile flesh! AND...FEEL...the depths of despair in a unique vision of an internal hell more agonizing than having that flesh torn away from the bone! 

     Angell is a man driven by the demons around him, seemingly unable to connect to reality when an even WORSE reality arrives on his slab of shit beat. There are crooks (that get pulped), a super science subplot (that lulls you into feeling all comfy at your brain's drive-in) and a horde of nifty cameos including “Crackhead Bob” that will leave European horror fans smiling...and monsters to boot. Look for Joe Spinnel to have the role of an unlifetime, but for all the faces you recognize, remember it doesn't pay to be paid attention to in this scumsberg! SPLAT for all!
So, it's monsters and tough dicks beating things up, right? Bonus tits and “look it's that famous face I like!” fun, right? WRONG.
 There is a moment that haunts me in BOTTOMFEEDER, it makes me want to create something so clear and precise. It kicked me in the fucking heart. So, when you have nothing left, nothing to lose...what if some THING takes one more chunk of your lost heart? Read and find out. It ain't pretty.
This is the power of Lewis and Melendez Jr.'s story and it's brought to screaming sequential life by Stephen Romano and Pat Carbajal. The artwork is crisp and clean amidst the viscera and does a great job in both the expressiveness of the characters AND the tough task of making the cameo appearances work. There is not a missed beat, not an imperfect frame to find... and for those of us that love the RED, you'll go back again and again to each “effects shot” and find new stuff to repulse your brain and leave you begging for more. It's essential reading. You can cling to old nostalgia for echoes of old heroes in your comics, or you can help keep the lights on for the people making things that push the boundaries and want YOU as the audience!

     It has to be said as well that this graphic novel is practically the last “film” starring Joe Pilato. You'll here his distinct voice in each bubble, and I'm sure he'd love the fucking book. I sure did. So empty your puke box first and get ready to absorb the slime of BOTTOMFEEDER! 

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