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Bouncer: Raising Cain

Credits: Written by Alexandro Jodorowsky and Illustrated by Francois Boucq
Publisher: Humanoids (DC)

Commentary

I discovered long ago that people either like Westerns or they don't, and there's very little middle ground in-between. The consensus among those that do points towards a simple measure of justice that boils down to the fact that some people really ought to be shot in the gut for knocking over a shot of whiskey. This is unquestionably acceptable punishment to those of us who like Westerns, and it makes it very easy to tell us apart from those that don't.

They're the ones who inevitably utter words like "barbaric" or "uncivilized" and complain about the gratuitous violence.

We're the ones who applaud.

BOUNCER is a Western for those of us who like Westerns and there's really nothing like it anymore on the market today. Which is a shame since you probably have to go back to the Charlier & Moebius Blueberry collections of the late eighties to find the closest thing, and those were originally created in the early seventies. It's also written by the man who directed El Topo - probably the most bizarre Western of all-time - and it's rendered by one of Europe's most accomplished graphic artists, making this not only a Western, but a Western with a damn fine pedigree.

What surprised me most about BOUNCER is that this is actually a very straight-forward Western, true to the genre in every way. You've got a young boy who witnesses the brutal deaths of his parents and sets out to find the lone man who can put him on the path of revenge - a one-armed bouncer working in some godforsaken backwater hellhole. And, of course, everyone's related in some round-about way, which makes everything PERSONAL.

RAISING CAIN is filled with it's fair share of blood, guts and guns. Like a good Western film these days, there probably won't be anything quite like it for sometime to come.

-- Peter Aaron Rose

 
Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.

 


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