Benjamin Marra’s saucy blend of over the top violence, in your face graphics and themes of exploitation movies is coming to Fantagraphics in Fall 2015 with a large scale edition of TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror). Marra’s work deals with the same themes of simplistic adventure and alpha males who kill and kiss with impunity…and a layer of self-awareness means that you can read it, enjoy the violence and not feel guilty afterwards. What is not to love here, people?
This is Marra’s first book for Fantagraphics after self-publishing and going with smaller houses for a while. Could this be a trned inf 2015? The year is but one day old and questions are already coming.
The PR describes it as satirizing “America’s obsession with justice – and disinterest in consequences – via a highly stylized, hyper-masculine style that evokes 1980s independent comics and, to a lesser extent, the blissfully ignorant aesthetics of 1990s Image Comics like Todd McFarlane’s Spawn and Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood. Gushing with violence, sex, and international politics, TERROR ASSAULTER batters down the boundaries between psychedelia, political commentary, and aggressive expressionism.”
He must defeat Terror at all costs, as long as it leaves time for steamy dates with hot chicks. The man’s codename is O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror) and he is a walking punching fist, shooting gun, and fucking cock. He is the world’s greatest protector. He is a villain’s worst nightmare.
“Benjamin Marra’s comics have a real visceral energy to them that I find very alluring,” explains Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds. “I’ve been a fan for a number of years and I’m glad my badgering him to do a book with us finally wore him down. In an era when torture has become a mere policy issue rather than a human rights abuse, sometimes you just need to underscore the absurdity of it all, and Terror Assaulter delivers in spades.”
“I’m beyond thrilled to have my first long-form comic book narrative to find a home with Fantagraphics, a publisher with an unparalleled legacy in the medium,” says cartoonist Benjamin Marra. “With TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror) I hope to create a story readers will never forget, alter American foreign policy forever and shatter human civilization. But let’s just say…I hope those who take the time to read it are entertained above all else.”
The Fantagraphics eiditon will be a longer version of the comic Marra sold at CAB this year. More about the book in this interview at Robot 6.
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