Today we take a look at Joe Hill’s new book, Basketful of Heads (which is sure to appeal to both basket cases and head cases), as well as some kinky alien porn action in Tim Seeley’s new project, Money Shot. If it’s not weird, but still kind of wonderful, it’s not this week’s New Comic Book Day.
Basketful of Heads
Writer: Joe Hill
Publisher: DC Comics
Issues: #1 (of 7)
Joe Hill is a master of writing both the horrific and the eerily strange, as we can see in both his hit comic series, Locke & Key, as well as his novel, NOS4A2 (pronounced Nosferatu) which was recently made into a television series on AMC. Basketful of Heads probably ups its stakes on the “strange” aspects of Hill’s imagination, but there are certainly many horror elements included as well.
Brody Island is a fairly quiet and scenic area, the perfect place for Liam to get in some summer work as a police officer. At the end of the summer, his girlfriend, June Branch, a psych major, comes out to Brody Island to help Liam pack up to return to college. On his last day, Liam and June are on their way to the Chief’s house for a meal, when 4 inmates from the nearby prison manage to escape. Chief Clausen asks them to watch over his place while the full time cops deal with the escape, expecting these small time criminals to just be trying to get out of town. But when are things ever that simple? Of course, the convicts arrive at the Clausen family home instead, and it’s up to Liam and June to stop them. And that’s when things start to get really weird, as June gets her hands on an ancient Viking axe that Chief Clausen has collected, which seems to have a mind and personality of its own, as well as the unimaginable ability to make heads severed with it to retain their consciousness. It’s a good thing June is a psych major, as things will get very insane at that point.
Basketful of Heads has the sinister-weird aspects similar to what we saw in Locke & Key, with a liberal helping of the crazy juice like something from I Hate Fairyland. And while I’ve enjoyed every bit of Joe Hill’s writing that I have read, all his stories tend to be quite serious and obviously sombre, although they may include the odd jest and witticism, they are usually generally pretty dark. Basketful of Heads is dark, for sure, but it also has a lot more of a relaxed tone, and more prominent humour. It’s actually something I’d have expected more to see from Joss Whedon than Joe Hill (I’m also a big Whedon fan, by the way), just for the stranger humour and conversation banter aspects of the book, but in the ominous undertones, it is still very definitely a Joe Hill story!
Writer: Sarah Beattie, Tim Seeley
Artist: Rebekah Isaacs
Publisher: Vault Comics
Issues: #1, 2 (ongoing)
In the future it becomes increasingly hard for a scientist to keep securing funding for new research and discoveries. In fact, it becomes hard for anyone to really achieve anything, as the human race as a whole has become so jaded and disinterested by everything, that even the phenomenal event of an encounter with aliens, confirming we are not alone in the universe and there is actually a wealth of intelligent life out in space, wasn’t enough to rock mankind out of its apathy. And then when those aliens learnt about humanity’s history and potential, and withdrew back into the unknown, taking their technology and knowledge with them, not even that was enough to make humanity want to sort ourselves out. Well, for most of us. For Dr Christine Ocampos however, it was the sign that she’d been searching for, with so much extraterrestrial life out there, a veritable treasure trove of untapped information waiting for us; she would do whatever it would take to journey into the stars.
A physicist by trade, Ocampos invents Star Shot, a machine that is able to teleport people through space, but even with such an impressive invention, it is still a task to get the necessary funding. As the world economy struggles, no money is invested into anything without instant returns, let alone untested and publicly unpopular scientific advances. So one night, when Christine finds herself feeling very lonely and in the mood for some company but with no-one to help her out, she explores some pornographic material on the internet to aid in her relief, and discovers the depths of depravity to which even porn has stooped in trying to keep the attention of the public; and she comes up with a plan.
It’s not quite a Star Trek plot line, but Ocampos and her team of scientist-cum-porn stars adopt the vision: “To seek out new worlds, to discover new life, and to f**k them.” Bringing the discovery of new planets, technologies, and species, and how to have sex with them porno style, and streamed instantly through the Star Shot device (nicknamed “Money Shot”, for various reasons, some of which should be apparent) right to the laptops of any who will pay for it. The lengths that some people will go to in the name of science!
Tim Seeley is on point, collaborating with a new creative team, to see something which I’m pretty sure is a new idea in comic, or any, storylines. What could have just been a dodgy, seedy and sketchy project, actually has a lot of the easy going action and enjoyable dialogue that endear the characters to you (in their own, smutty kind of way) that Seeley has shown he’s great with, as with his other comics like Hack/ Slash. It’s a quirky idea that is well put together, and for the adventurous ADULT readers out there, could be worth checking out. I mean who hasn’t ever wanted to see a group of hot scientists having wild porn action with oddly shaped aliens (or at least didn’t know they wanted that till now)?
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