The gothic Michelangelo of the macabre and creator of LENORE: THE CUTE LITTLE DEAD GIRL, Roman Dirge is back with a collection of two of his strangest and weirdest tales that take us from the biggest headed cat in the whole universe into the centre of a man’s body!
Cat With The Really Big Head. The lead story is the tragic tale of a cat called Cat and his stupidly enormous over-sized head as he struggles with day-to-day problems like coping with hairballs, trying to eat Chunky Beef Chunk With Beef catfood or dealing with the neighbourhood mouse, Mr. Stinky and his army of annoying mice. Life hasn’t dealt Cat a good hand, but still there’s always the prospect of reincarnation and a better life, isn’t there..?
Monsters in my Tummy: Ever wonder what madness happens inside you during times of severity and heartbreak? Feels like a war is being waged in your stomach? Anyone who’s ever been crushed by a loved one will instantly be able to relate to this inner saga.
This comic is sure to gain quick fans among those who are familiar with Roman Dirge’s work. Like his well-known Lenore comics, this small collection features a dark but cute art style and a writing style that is poetic, but also macabre. I wouldn’t classify these as “horror” comics the way you’d think of, say, The Walking Dead. There is something horror-genre about them, but they’re not scary – they’re cutesy and kind of grotesque.
For anyone unfamiliar with Roman’s work, this title will be a harder sell – unless of course you’re already into strange, offbeat, macabre little works. This is sort of a niche book, and it fills its little place in the universe well.
The first story, about an unfortunate feline, was not my favorite. It was certainly original, and the art is strange but enjoyable. The story itself however wasn’t up my alley. It features neglectful children, an unhappy weird cat, and a lot of bizarre instances. It also features a brand of humor that Roman is known for – it seems innocuous but is suddenly gross and/or dark.
There was a short interlude story in between the two main ones that I found out of place, but quite funny.
The second story, about inner emotional turmoil made manifest, was a little darker than the cat story, but I found it to be the most enjoyable of the bunch. There’s something about emotions beating the crap out of each other that I think is relatable to anyone who has, you know, experienced emotions.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys slightly twisted stories – or more than slightly twisted stories.
You can find out more and purchase this title from Titan Comics right over here!
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.