Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kill Your Boyfriend, by Grant Morrison, Philip Bond, D'israeli & Daniel Vozzo

(pb; 1995, 1998: graphic novel - for mature audiences only)

From the back cover:

"Girl meets boy. Girl falls for boy. Boy takes girl on violent rampage through English suburb.

"Murder. Sex. Drugs. And anarchy follow."


This trigger-happy and adolescent-jubilant graphic novel is a fun murder and (non-explicit) sex spree-update of Bonnie and Clyde, an update that is unique and British (in a non-stuffy way) in its thrill kill/light-hearted joyride.

Between its distinctive, excellent artwork and its sharp, skewering dialogue and anti-heroes, Boyfriend is easily one of my all-time favorite graphic novels, with its fresh take on first love and violence. Its ending still, even after multiple readings, makes me chuckle at its theme-centric dark wit.

Worth owning, for readers who aren't put out by (seemingly) senseless violence, unique artwork and clever, often charming, writing.

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