Review: Pood #1

Interview with Ace Masters

Pood #1

Posted 20 May 2010

 

Writer: 16, count em 16 writers and artists
Publisher: Pood Comics


 5.00 out of 5 Stars

Reviewed by Louis Vitela

I’m still not sure what to make of the title, “Pood.” Sophomoric fun (which I’m in favor of)? Nose-thumbing at mainstream comics? An inside joke just for the creators? One thing Pood is not: it is not forgettable in the least.

The first thing anyone will notice is the format. Pood is printed on bona-fide newsprint the size of a daunting daily newspaper. The presentation alone invites memories of Sunday mornings with the funnies while Mom and Dad perused the more grave news. Despite childhood harkenings, at least some of the pieces of Pood (who can resist phrases like that?) deserve a PG-13 rating, while others provoke thought, and others simply but wonderfully entertain.

 


From "Babyslithers"

 

In “Babyslithers” Sara Edward-Corbett perfectly nails the evil-genius-and-sidekick motif and inserts it into a story about two eleven-something boys out to get in on the riches that await all young babysitters.

Kevin Mutch’s “Super Love People” is a first installment that defies easy description. I’m going to summarize this episode and when you read the comic yourself you can tell me if you agree: A highly sexualized alien woman bangs a giant in the desert, who then eats her.

“Cloverleaf” by Adam McGovern and Paolo Leandri is a Serling-esque poem in comic form that seems to yearn for simpler days gone by, drawn with a strong Kirby influence that matches the nostalgia of the entire volume.

Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca give us “US Ape,” a modern miltary toon featuring a special forces gorilla on a mission to save his protogé, Marine Monkey, from extremists. Visually and verbally funny, this first installment may be strong enough by itself to put Pood on many a pull-list.


From "Rammy and Soupy in Dreams of Flight"

“Rammy and Soupy in Dreams of Flight” by Joe Infurnari (with characters created by Joe Infurnari and Cecil Castellucci) is a hobo tale that is by turns gut-wrenching, poignant, and hopeful. Clearly it was an attempt to unman me, to elicit public sobs of understanding and empathy while I Pood on the bus. But it failed; I went somewhere private to sob.

There are 16 total stories in Pood #1, some complete entities and others first installments of larger stories. Although each entry uses just one gargantuan page, those pages tend to be densely packed. You’re a better comic geek than I if you can finish Pood #1 in one sitting. Anyway, better to stretch it out and let the enjoyment linger a while.

While Pood may be a reminder of many peoples’ first experiences with sequential art, it pushes the envelope so far that it becomes a promise of what comics can be and an always-welcome reminder that there is no limit to the kinds of stories comics can be used to tell.