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Popbot

Credits: Written by Ashley Wood and Sam Kieth and Illustrated by Ashley Wood
Publisher: IDW Publishing

Commentary

POPBOT's got a salacious, out-of-control has-been rock star that also happens to be a cat; a robot or six, some amnesia-addled bodyguards and some whoopass kill machines; the clone of Andy Warhol, reborn as a talk-show host and eventually shot; hardcore gangsta rappers from Canada, who find their street cred cannot overcome their Canadian-ness and thus shoot Andy Warhol; Gina Star, sexrock supervixen from the band Manbirth with an unholy love for, erm, Kitty; Sherlock Holmes, holistic detective and ersatz party host; Lady Sham, the super-agent bitch equal parts Bond and Mrs. Peel; the gunslinger adorned with a very special piece of JFK memorabilia; and oh, more nekkid and half-nekkid ladies than you can shake a stick at.

In short, if one were to take all of the pop culture components necessary to make great comic books with a bit of alchemy and a bit of luck and put them into a great big cauldron, POPBOT would be goo scraped off of the sides of that cauldron, cut with Dran-O, and sold to kids in schoolyards as the next big high. Panicked, overwrought editorials about POPBOT should be sprinkling your local news and Presidential Task Forces should be appointed to stop the POPBOT pandemic. It's a dirty street drug, the kind of which urban legends spring from and nascent pro-ballers die from smoking once, only once!, and for which they are always remembered.

Which is to say POPBOT has everything that makes a good pop comic between its covers, in wildly distorted quantities and all fucked up with other weird junk thrown in to make it a taste, a hit, a high, similar to much but unique unto itself at the same time. POPBOT has some nasty, dirty shit in its mix; it's a public menace I tell you, and one that must be stopped with taxpayer dollars, before it warps and shatters another young mind.

-- Matt Fraction

 
Matt Fraction splits his time between motion graphics and design house MK12, writing comics, and reading comics. He is the author of the graphic novels The Annotated Mantooth and Last of the Independents, both available from AiT/Planet Lar. He can be found on the web at mattfraction.com. His wife is hot.

 


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