Thursday, June 3, 2010

Elephantmen: Wounded Animals (Review)

Citizen's Grade: Awesome.

The first seven issues of the Elephantmen on-going series are collected in this deluxe volume. In the year 2224, a mad scientist named Dr. Kazushi Nikken creates giant human-animal hybrids....elephants, rhinos, camels, zebras, crocodiles, etc. After brainwashing them into an army of fearless killers, he sends them off to kill. But the United Nations liberates the elephantmen and integrates them into society.

That's the basis of the series, which offers an original look into racism, xenophobia and globalism.
 Against this backdrop we meet Hip Flask (a hippo-hybrid), who works for a government agency and is trying to recover a certain African artifact. But Obadiah Horn, the world's most successful and high-profile elephantman, wants it as well. Brief stories do a wonderful job of showing the world and the main characters, as the larger story of Hip and the search for the African Artifact unfold.

Richard Starkings does an awesome job weaving short, fast reading stories, while delving into the detailed, delicate and complicated world that the Elephantmen find themselves in. If you read this volume, you will be in love with the Elephantmen! The artwork is stunning! The various artists (most notably, Moritat) do a spectacular job with the characters, backdrops, and visually breathtaking world of the Elephantmen!

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