Days of Hate volume 1
The good: The covers and logo are fantastic.
I read the first issue of this when it came out and it really annoyed me. I understand that it’s there in the title, but i felt that this book did come from a place of hatred, which is something I feel so disillusioned, and helplessly disappointed by in the world today.
Bottom line is I don’t feel killing right wingers is going to solve a single thing, it would have the opposite effect and only recruit more people to that mindset, and lo, the downwards spiral continues.
The two things that really annoyed me were
- A comment about a bombing of a gay club, where one of the characters flippantly suggests the LAPd could have planned it.
This sort of shit boils my blood.
The police, brave people putting their life on the line for all the safety of all, and far from handsomely rewarded for it,
They’ve become an easy target in recent years and it’s a train of thought that makes me sick.
- The light that an investigator for the department of Domestic Terrorism is painted in.
Again, an individual doing a job that is designed to keep the majority safe, being painted out to be a corrupt, racist, right wing slimeball.
Not a good start.
However, I felt there was enough to this book to merit giving it a chance, especially as Zezelj is on art, who has long been a favourite of mine.
But even then, there is a massive problem in telling characters apart, worst of all is that I never noticed a character putting a wig on when going on to commit a terrorist attack, the wig making her look very much like another character in the book. It got to issue 4 where I had to go back again because it made less and less sense, only to realise that there wasn’t a 3rd character in the car, it was the second character with a wig on. It’s really not clear.
In the second issue something really petty annoyed me. One of the characters talking about drinking for the first time ever and the next day, feeling their anxiety disappear for the first time ever. Sorry, it doesn’t work like that. Drinking alcohol will very likely kill your anxiety at the time, but the next day it will be back worse than ever.
Having read the entire volume there’s too many issues with it to buy the second.
You know things are bad when Jordi Bellaire is also having an off day.
The colour palate is terrible. The art is already murky as it is. There’s an additional issue of the colours being so dark throughout that it’s hard to tell where there’s a signal of change between present day and flashback and location changes.
The pacing of the book is terrible. This is all compounded in issue 5 where for some unknown reason, other than his own pretentiousness (if you have read Kot you will perhaps know where I’m coming from here, he is very pretentious, and often I think he is trying to ape his favourite writers or certain techniques without actually fully grasping where to employ them effectively) the entire issue employs 3 panel pages, and can be read in about 2 minutes. It doesn’t work at all. Very little happens between the start of the issue and the end - if he’s trying to build tension or concern for characters that are paper thin
Every character sounds the same, all think they are smartest person in the room, with indirect cryptic dialogue.
I’m actually annoying myself right now writing about it, it’s a load of fucking shite.
Basically here’s the story, it’s a couple of years in the future and every cunt is falling out because of the left and right divides.
A lesbian couple split up with each other because one of them is violent, a left wing terrorist, the other decides to help the anti terrorism folk track her down.
Dragged out over 6 issues.
Add a few quotes at the start of each issue that make you sound smart and well read.
Hey Presto you’ve got yourself half a 12 issue mini series.
Just to emphasise how well read Kot is, he adds a handy list at the back, so you can marvel at it.
Kudos to the letterer by the way, for fitting more words into the balloons than I’ve put in this rant.