Kid Lobotomy #1 Review

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Posted October 19, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Peter Milligan

Art by: Tess Fowler

Published by: IDW

Kid Lobotomy is the reason alternative comic books exist.

The brainchild of Peter Milligan and Tess Fowler, Kid Lobotomy is a delightfully weird comic. Basically the book is a combination of Franz Kafka and David Cronenberg. This strange combination results in a book that captures imaginations and honestly feels fresh. The book deals with mental illness, incest, the supernatural and many other heavy themes that could affect a person with a deranged view of society.

Milligan is not giving us a lowest common denominator here when it comes to dealing with those themes. Sure, the book is entertaining and funny, but also very cerebral. Kid Lobotomy has all the makings of a cult classic, and it truly deserves the title if the writing and art maintains their quality.

Speaking of the art, it is done by Tess Fowler who’s deceptively simplistic yet wonderfully skilled interpretations of the furthest reaches of the human mind give us a glimpse into this insane world.

There are panels here that require a certain style, because of how delightfully out there they are. Despite some grotesque sequences, Fowler’s art is quirky, and adds some much needed levity to the book.  This truly gives us another layer to the book and it is what differentiates it from anything on the market right now.
Kid Lobotomy demonstrates that comics are more than just the superheroes and non-stop action we have become accustomed to. It is a book for fan of the medium. That uniqueness, in addition to being well written and drawn, makes it deserving of a read. It gets my highest recommendation.


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