Ive reviewed some quite “far out” comics in my time– and some of the most “far out” have belonged to the Mini Kus! line from Latvian publisher Kus!– but Portuguese cartoonist Hetamoes Violent Delights (which was simply released last month as Mini Kus! # 87) most likely takes the cake as the most experimental, borderline-indescribable work Ive ever attempted to wrap my head around completely view of my readership. I will not do you the injustice of stating that Ive completely figured this one out yet, and to be sincere Im unsure that I ever will, however maybe thats not even the point here. This is complicated, tough, at times even taxing things– and where it takes you, along with how it gets you there, is going to differ a fantastic offer from reader to reader. Ill even go so far regarding state that Im not yet at the point where I can relatively identify whether I “like” this book or not– and frankly the concern itself seems entirely irrelevant.
Why read it at all, then?
No damage because, obviously– rather the reverse. Comics that make you think– hell, comics that make you work– are kind of our bread and butter around these parts. However in this case, be prepared for that work day not to end. If that sounds interesting to you, then youre really going to dig this book, however if some sort of resolution is necessary to you– even if its just a tentative one, and one mainly shown up at under your own steam– then this may be that metaphorical “bridge too far” that all your years of exposure to “progressive” art have actually been leading toward.
Im not entirely comfy saying that Hetamoe advances the concept that creativity is the escape of our death spiral, so do not hold me to that as an absolute opinion, but it certainly seems like that may be the message here. Or among the messages, at any rate. Its not mentioned plainly enough to rise above a few of the visual “sound” in this comic on a very first pass through it, however thats immaterial; you know before youre finished reading this that youre going to have no option but to go though it numerous times before you can even begin the process of forming something like a meaningful response to it. And believe me when I say thats not likely to be an awfully uncomplicated process, either. Absolutely nothing here is.
Like I stated, Im not totally sure where I stand with it for my own damn self yet– but Im in no method all set to ignore this work and call it a day, either. I keep feeling like that major revelatory moment is just around the corner– and even if it turns out that its not, the look for it feels worth the effort. In that respect, then, Hetamoe has actually produced among the most really immersive comics Ive ever discovered. And isnt that more effective to simply being “great” or “bad,” anyhow?
That being stated, Hetamoe not does anything if not keep you definitely took part in the proceedings. From mystical meaning to slap-dash “rough” cartooning to pixellated computer system images to scientific charts to Gothic script, theres a mad energy to all of this, a sense that anything really does go– even if its made use of in service of a facility that presumes that eveyrthing is already as excellent as gone. Which brings us to nihilism, I suppose, however I believe thats either too reductive or, even worse, just a cop-out.
Review wrist check– I stated my Raven “Solitude” gray dial design was one of my favorite daily “beater” watches, and I wasnt joking– this thing gets a lot of wrist time. Here it is once again, flaunting its adaptability by riding a Zodiac caoutchouc rubber NATO-style strap in burnt orange for a best casual summer look
Im not totally comfortable stating that Hetamoe advances the concept that creativity is the way out of our death spiral, so dont hold me to that as a hard-and-fast opinion, but it definitely appears like that may be the message here. Like I said, Im not completely sure where I stand with it for my own damn self yet– however Im in no way ready to walk away from this work and call it a day, either. I keep feeling like that significant revelatory moment is just around the corner– and even if it turns out that its not, the search for it feels worth the effort.
Violent Delights is readily available for $7.00 from the Kus! webshop at https://kushkomikss.ecrater.com/p/36507448/violent-delights-by-hetamo.
Which brings us to nihilism, I expect, but I think thats either too reductive or, even worse, simply a cop-out.
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Ill even go so far as to say that Im not yet at the point where I can relatively identify whether I “like” this book or not– and honestly the question itself appears completely irrelevant.