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So The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Gambit and Commissioner Gordon walk into a bar. And there you have Zukahnaut in a nautshell. Oh yeah, I went there. A long form comic written by Otty Justason and rendered by the lovely and talented Sonya Somers, Zukahnaut follows the misadventures of a giant green alien, Zukah, who has been stranded on Earth for 60 odd years as he helps his cane-wielding friend Darius Douglas deal with out of time and out of place characters.
Now Zukahnaut is a weird comic. I mean like, people accuse me of being weird, and then there is the overweight person at your job who smells like a fine cheese factory, but then there is Zukahnaut. I mean this comic will give you weird whiplash. This is probably because it is written by a Canadian with a mighty beard. Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s the case.
The basic setup is an ingenious one, really, with lots of creative room to breathe. Darius Douglas is sort of a freelance disaster management expert who along with his veterinarian sister Daphne, helps deal with these reality altering warp things that drop beings onto Earth from different times, worlds, and dimensions. By far the most interesting character, he enlists the titular protagonist in his gig that so far has involved dealing with a psychopathic viking and some goat men and Planet of the Apes type guys.
The comic leads off with Our Hero Zukah reenacting some sort of scene from All Quiet on the Western Front with a teddy bear. This segues into a bill collector call for a person that apparently used to live in the house that Zukah is currently residing in. Then there’s a Leprechaun hallucination, a random barbecue with rednecks that inexplicably shoot Zukah and in rolls Gambit, I mean Darius Douglas who offers basically to help Zukah acclimate to society.
Throw in a resurrected viking and a G-man type who apparently really really hates racists and you have yourself a webcomic.
The art has dramatically improved from the earlier pages mainly in depth perception and visual coherency. The colors are vibrant and fit the story well.
Zukahnaut is an ambitious comic. It reads like a total stream of consciousness. It reminds me a lot of a kind of story-telling version of Nietzsche’s Übermensch, in how it seems at times to be struggling against thousands of years of conventional narrative structure. It’s plot is also quite a bit like the 19th century impressionists in how they sought to create images that were copies of a fleeting mental snapshot, and not something more rigid and clear. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your perspective. If you are looking for something that is easy to follow, this isn’t your bag, baby. Now if you are looking for something best enjoyed in concert with a controlled substance, now we’re talking.
Zukahnaut is hardcore rough around the edges, but it updates regularly which is hugely important for this sort of a comic. If you like your Hellboy with a side of X-men, this is a webcomic to keep an eye on.
I can’t believe that it is already March 2014. It was February just like last week I think. Anyway, I thought I should post with some reasoning as to why I have been gone so long. I have been really slammed at work and on top of that I took a different position which requires a considerable amount of brain exercise. This isn’t that I haven’t thought of comic ideas. I have been thinking of lots of them. For example, I was thinking about a comic where Vindibudd slapped “the taste” out of General Safety’s mouth. Safety then developed exquisite taste and started speaking with a French accent. This of course got hot women completely falling all over him. This left Vindibudd with overwhelming jealousy. Actually, I just thought of that literally as I was typing it out. So the true answer is that I have been lazy. Shocker. Vindibudd is not on hiatus, I just haven’t put anything together. Thanks for coming by. Feel free to periodically check in again! Go Gators! Go Magic! Go OC Lions!
I’m really bummed, and I get like this when it is hard for me to wrap my head around something stupid like I don’t know, a $500,000 Porsche around a tree. Anyone that knows me knows that I love movies. Like I really love movies. The Fast and Furious movies are terrible but they are my guilty pleasure. I know they’re bad and I don’t care. They are big dumb fun. And Walker was a big part of that. He was kind of the straight man for all the lunacy around him. And now he’s gone on a lark and I can’t make sense of it and it’s irritating me. That’s not to mention any of the other actual real tragedy and pain being experienced by those who knew and were family to him. There are a lot of celebrities that pass away and I don’t even flinch because it’s almost expected. Amy Winehouse comes to mind, even Heath Ledger. Not fun goofy ultra nice guys like Paul Walker. I keep thinking of the end of 2 Fast 2 Furious when he utters the most ridiculous line, “Pocket’s ain’t empty, cuz.” Really. Cuz? Come on. But that was the point. Big. Dumb. Fun. Walker did a lot of great things for people, things that I’d love to do if I were a wealthy ridiculously good looking actor, like secretly paying for a poor couple’s wedding ring, or randomly surprising some teenage girl by walking with her dad back to their room. But what he did for me was he gave me 90 minutes at a time of taking my mind off my problems and for that I thank him and I will miss him. Godspeed, Brian O’Connor.