Wednesday, December 26, 2012

WHORE from ZENOSCOPE

WHORE
Publisher: Zenescope
Writer: Jeffrey Kaufman
Art: Marco Turini

We all know about secret agents, spies and assassins.  Whoever they work for, MI-6, CIA, or U.N.C.L.E., the need for action is always there, and the heroic Jason Bourne, Ethan Hunt, or James Bond will come to the fore, be heroic and fulfill the job requirement.

The twist here is that Jacob Mars is a CIA agent and assassin who loses that kind of job.   He is a man who has grown accustomed to the life of a spy, with women, and money, and action.   So he is forced to become a freelancer.   However one might perceive the title of the graphic novel to be in regards to any of the women we see, if by glimpse instead of a full character, the whore is Jacob Mars.   As such his actions, of killing, screwing, screwing for payment, killing, scre... oh sorry, ...  are one of a male whore.  

I don’t think the character Jacob Mars will be anyone’s favorite, he has none of the class of the previously mentioned characters, nor do we see him in his best light.   We are privy to the life of a male whore, and it isn’t a pretty picture to view.

So now you are likely thinking, well, is it good?   I guess it has something to do with your tolerance for the subject.   I don’t think many people watching a porno would want or be interested in a discussion of Intelligent Design versus Evolution.  This isn't a story about a noble hero, or gallant knight rushing to the rescue of anyone.   I’d suggest that what is going on here is a story about a person we aren’t able to like, and some people aren’t able to enjoy that.  

OK so, what if you like Anti-Hero characters?   Well then you might like this.   It isn’t something I liked, but I could see the humor, being sexist and kind of nasty working for people.  I could see the sexy scenes (not sex scenes as it would be a borderline R/PG-13) being arousing to someone, if they were looking for that.

But while I think that it is a matter of taste which will likely guide you, there are other things to consider.   The art wasn’t at all bad but at the same time it looked quite a bit like hot babes without emotions with a guy who is gruff and mean with no other emotions.   The technical skill seems there, without fulfilling the story's need for such emotions.   The writing is good enough I think for an action movie with somewhat hot chicks.   So if you are interested in a B movie, with a naughty subtext and sleazy story about a male whore, catch this book.


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