Review – The Secret History of the War on Weed
Artwork – Scott Koblish
Publisher – Image Comics
Release Date – 20 April
BRIAN POSEHN, GERRY DUGGAN & SCOTT KOBLISH reform Voltron (metaphorically only) from their days on Deadpool (also not appearing) to tell a true story and lost chapter from our nation’s sad and failed war on drugs.
The year is 1985. The First Lady decides to crush Northern California cannabis farmers and deploys the biggest tool in the armed forces: Scotch McTiernan (collectible first of many hilarious appearances). “If it weeds…we can kill it.” Scotch puts his boots on the ground in Humboldt and does what he does best—but what happens when he gets high for the first time?
This one-shot has it all: laughs, tears, heart, action—plus, an activity page! A portion of the proceeds from this comic will be donated to organizations dedicated to helping casualties of America’s immoral drug war.
Given the subject matter, which was an actual campaign back in the 80s, Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn give a light hearted take on the matter. And regardless of your position on legalisation and politics, this is a book that can be enjoyed by anyone. The dialogue throughout is nothing short of hilarious and you can’t help but laugh out loud at the on-liners from Scotch, which you would associate with an 80s action movie featuring Stallone or Schwarzenegger. It’s over the top comedy at it’s finest and as an 80s kid, I’m all for it.
I really enjoyed the artwork in this book. It’s bold and detailed and doesn’t hold back on the violence to go along with the graphic drug use. The book has a certain superhero look to it but I can’t shake the feeling that ‘Scotch’ reminds me of Duke Nukem! (those of you that are old enough to remember the game). Scott Koblish gives some really cool art in this book and I really liked the pages where we see Scotch being freed from his ‘cage’. Some people may enjoy this more when under the influence, if you know what I mean.
You’ve got to love a comic book that doesn’t take itself too seriously. As one-shots go, this was pretty enjoyable. And given that the release falls on the 4/20 date which people who indulge will certainly recognise, you can’t help but laugh. It’s a fun book and if the story doesn’t grab you, then at least you can pass the time with the numerous activity pages! Honestly, this is one I would recommend picking up, even just for a laugh!
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