I was drawn towards Eyeball Comix because it looked like a comic that would pull the right elements of metal, horror and comics together. I was very excited about this title and ordered the first and second issues together.
The first issue is 28 pages and features six different artists. The first story “The Treasure of Slagg Rock” sets the bar pretty high. The art is very detailed and reflects the talent of artist Rob Amos. He draws his women with big tits and nice curves. The story is fun and original. The next story is entitled “Shotgun Man”, its one page, pointless, and made me laugh. The next story is a little too artsy fartsy for my taste. Its titled “My Ghost” by Nuala Murphy and while it does feature murder and tits, I felt it didn’t have the same absurdist humor as the earlier stories. The next story is called “Angel Dust: Assassin of Youth”. I loved this story! This story takes accounts or supposed accounts of people who have used PCP with horrific results! The art is a simple cartoony style with great facial expressions and gore. I believe the artist behind this piece is name Aresrott. Beyond this there are some miscellaneous pieces of appealing cartoons and comics. The first issue concludes with a tale of monkey cannibalism. When I finished with this I was very happy to have the second issue of gore and mayhem ready to read.
Eyeball Comix issue 2 is a nice big 52 pages of similar horror, gore, metal, and complete mental insanity as the first. It contains some of the same artists and some new ones which really add to the diversity of this comic. The layout on this issue is a little better than the first, the interiors are of a slightly glossy black and white, and there is even a table of contents so I know who did what.
The issue starts off with another Aresrott story, this time involving one of the Manson girls. It’s gory and disturbing, and very informative. I say informative on the assumption that the story is not bullshit, but based on historical fact. The next story is by Rob Amos called “Pirate Sluts”, more great art featuring curvy women, great tits, and nautical themes. After “Pirate Sluts” we get to “Crazy Shit” by Aidan Cook. “Crazy Shit” is the kind of shit I want from my underground self-published comix!!! I don’t give two shits about some post-modern abstract expressionist horse cock of a comic! I want loud noisy violent action in my comix and sonofabitch if Aidan Cook doesn’t bring it! There are two “Crazy Shit” stories in this issue strategically spaced to give you some extra “FUCK YEAH!” when you need it. Both stories are ones that speak highly of the complex society we live in, touching on delicate issues such as hipsters and beer. The art is somewhere between Sam Kieth, Evan Dorkin, and blunt force trauma! Following the first “Crazy Shit” story are a few pages of well, filler. They are some pretty cool pages that maintain the atmosphere that something fucky is going on.
After a few filler pages we have story entitled “Dr. Sarcophagus Brain of the Gut Man” by Barry Cook. This is another story that fits well with this collection. It’s got Nazis and mindless killing machines made from intestines. ‘Nuff said. Moving on we have the second “Crazy Shit” story. Fuck yeah! Next we have two pages of Kyle Platts. I’m not exactly cumming all over myself when I see Platts' art, but I don’t hate it either. There is a lot of detail and overall an extreme grossness to his work. His pieces are good and contribute to this issue. Next there is “Filthy Lucre” by Russell Taysom. This is a cute little comic in both art and style. I really liked the story, but it is a tad milder than what came before it and I mean that in a good way. It’s almost like a cool breeze on your face before the lunatic with the ski mask returns to torture you with a hacksaw.
Following this is the story “Blowflies from Outer Space” by Aresrott. Once again Aresrott delivers a real fun horror story this time with some science fiction. Concluding this story are a few filler pages.
Overall I was very happy with both issues. I had been looking for something wild, violent, sick and awesome for a while now and after some being let down by some other titles I can say with much confidence that Eyeball Comix is what I have been looking for.
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