Challenge 2: Day 200: The Maxx #1 (1993)

COMIC TITLE: The Maxx #1 (1993)
Sam Kieth– Artist
Sam Kieth and William Messner-Loebs–Writers
March 1993
Image Comics

the maxx #1Sometimes It is hard to believe that I have been able to persevere through this challenge, but I have officially made it to 200 straight days reading a comic book a day and then blogging about it. It’s one thing to just read, but then you have to blog about it and that is what I love to do. The comic book I chose for today is one that I wanted to be meaningful cause it is 200 days after all. The first time I ever had heard of The Maxx was through MTV and their show The Oddities. The only thing is that I had never read the comic books, but I loved the show and there is no better time than now to start reading it. The Maxx #1 which was released in March of 1993 was written and illustrated by Sam Kieth (The Incredible Hulk) with William Messner-Loebs (Wonder Woman) as one of the writers as well. In The Maxx, someone is raping and killing women all over the city and it’s getting pretty bad. One day while a woman was about to be attacked, a homeless superhero tries to save the day, but he ends up getting arrested because they are corrupt and the girl is left to the mysterious Mr. Gone. What will The Maxx do next?

maxxThe one thing I loved about these indie companies in the 1990’s was that they were willing to explore subject matter that hadn’t really been touched by the big two. The thing that I find silly about The Maxx is that we don’t know why he is wearing a purple and yellow suit, but apparently it might be like a symbiote where it chose this guy because apparently the mask has a mind of it’s own. I say silly, but that is what makes the comic book fun to read because you suspend your belief for the time that it takes to check out the comic. I love the artwork because it has that 90’s indie style look that I have seen in comics like Bloodshot or even Barbwire and  definitely appreciate it cause it takes me back. This was only the first issue and the way the comic ends makes you believe that things are going to get a little more interesting. One thing I am hoping for is that we learn a little more about the origin of the suit cause that would be an interesting piece of information to learn about and we need to know more about Mr. Gone as well (I’m sure that is answered). Check out my grades below:


Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A


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