Thursday, October 21, 2021

Andy Richardson:

Addicted to Comics

A young woman named Gabriella struggles for vengeance in the bleak world of tomorrow (Vaistron) and a psychologically endowed vigilante battles crime in Scatterbrain. Two comics with two very different interpretations on the same old stories.



Life can be cruel, and when your Mom is a prostitute in a scary, mutated futuristic city, it can be even more so. Young Gabriella survives that scary existence but grows up into an even more unpleasant one, living life as a hardened criminal getting by as best she can. Everything changes for her when she sees a picture of the man who set her on her dismal path—the man whose actions made her the killer she is today.

This bleak yet darkly comic tale is pretty graphic and unpleasant; it makes Robocop seem positive cheerful. Mercifully presented in black and white.






Scatterbrain (Markosia)

If a vigilante like Batman possessed the inhuman power to literally pull a criminal’s worst fears out of his head and make him experience them a hundredfold, the result would be Scatterbrain, terror of the underworld. Regular cops like Jack Anderfold are forced to get by as best they can, sometimes having their own cases destroyed by the mystery man operating outside the law. Jack gets his chance to finally stop Scatterbrain’s interference, but what he finds will change his life forever.

This series takes the concept of the vigilante hero in an interesting direction, as an ordinary guy with more than his share of human weaknesses enters a world far different from what he’s accustomed to. Brendan Deneen and Szymon Kudranski provide the shadowy words and pictures.

Andy Richardson is a freelance writer and editor who has been reading and writing about comics for far longer than he can believe at this point. Andy can be reached via e-mail at Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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