Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Booknote: The Mask

John Arcudi, The Mask. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 1993. ISBN; 1878574507.

Genre: comics and graphic novels
Subgenre: antiheroes, dark humor
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought at Half Price Books (and I have to say, one of the better finds recently)

This is a collection of the Dark Horse Comics run written by John Arcudi with art by Doug Mahnke. If all you know of The Mask is the Jim Carrey movie from some time back, you are in for quite a ride with this book. This is definitely not a comic for kids nor for the lighthearted.  This is The Mask unfiltered and in all its gory violent glory.

The mask itself is an ancient artifact that gives the wearer great transformative powers, but it can also change the wearer, at times depending on the wearer's natural disposition, driving one to madness. In this series, the mask does change owners, but what is guaranteed is that people who deserve a serious comeuppance will really get it. And they will get it with great doses of dark humor and gruesomeness.

This collection was published in 1993; the movie came out in 1994, yet in many ways, I think the book will appeal to some readers today. The pacing and plot are fast; the humor is dark, and overall it is a fun read. Mahnke's art, capturing the humor and colorful nature of The Mask, is great. It is a good reason to read the comic.

I really enjoyed this one, and I do recommend it. My only wish was that it did not end. And perhaps, Ipkiss' girlfriend should have just accepted the mask in the first place. When you think about, you can't really get rid of it.

5 out of 5 stars.

Works I have read that may have similar reading appeal:

This book qualifies for the following 2015 Reading Challenges:

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