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Stanton, James – The Herbivores #3



The Herbivores #3

When in doubt, draw a big old fight between a T-Rex and a giant squid monster.  Kudos again to James for throwing in some interesting marijuana facts at the start of the issue, this time dealing with cannabis and religion.  I’m not sure how well sourced these facts were, as they’re all taken from one book, but they were interesting regardless.  In this issue the dinosaurs devise a plan to get inside the temple: have their recently domesticated T-Rex kill the squid monster.  Problem is, the big old dinosaur isn’t quite the killing machine he used to be.  The solution?  Build the biggest blunt they can find and make the T-Rex smoke, as marijuane makes you hungry.  Not to pick at a plot point here or anything, but while I won’t dispute the fact that marijuana makes you hungry, I seriously doubt that it would improve your fighting prowess.  Anyway, the rest of the book is a detailed fight scene with a surprise ending that I’m going to ruin right now: ninja.  No idea where it goes from here, as they still haven’t made it inside that damned temple, but I am at least curious to see where the ninja fits in with all these dinosaurs.  Worth a look, especially if you like big gruesome fight scenes.  $2


Stanton, James – The Herbivores #2



The Herbivores #2

James does an excellent job with some facts at the start of this issue, putting up some figures that everybody should know.  He lists the number of deaths each year from smoking, drinking (even leaving out all the drunk driving deaths), overdoses from illicit drugs, and ends with the number of deaths each year from marijuana usage: 0.  It’s really no wonder this country is more or less bankrupt when we waste so much money on something so stupid.  This issue is an attempt to get to know the characters a little better, as it’s all time spent making their way to the mysterious temple and talking about the dinosaur society.  I still can’t tell the members of the band apart, even if they do have different hats and/or hair, because they’re essentially all the same person.  Er, dinosaur.  The flashback in this issue also shows the results of their previous trip to this temple, the creature that almost came out of it and what has happened every time they’re tried to send somebody back in.  One other thing I’ve missed reading the first two issues: why exactly are they going to this place, as it’s so clearly deadly?  Ah well, maybe the third issue will clear that up.  James also has a backup story this time around with a robot and a computer talking like drunken, robotic teenagers.  It’s funnier than it sounds, trust me.  All told this is fun series, the art’s pretty great but I’m not at all sure that the story is anything other than an excuse to have stoned dinosaurs wandering around.  The third issue will decide all that, I suppose.  $2


Stanton, James – The Herbivores #1



The Herbivores #1

OK quick: stoner dinosaur reggae band + a momentarily angry T-Rex = ?  I have no idea either, but this comic has a fun time trying to figure it out.  Things start off quietly enough  (and James does an amazing job with the art on that first page) with the band quietly playing, throwing out a few political slogans.  A T-Rex is approaching, and the small parasites next to the band try to point this out, but heavy pot use does tend to dull the reaction times.  The T-Rex get a bite of one of the band, the heavy THC concentration makes the T-Rex wander off… until it gets the munchies.  Considering the fact that this comic is centered around one of my least favorite things in the world (reggae bands), it’s a minor miracle that I enjoyed this as much as I did.  The gorgeous art helped a lot, as the detail everywhere is impressive, and there are more than a few funny bits in this tiny thing.  James was nice enough to send the first three issues, so we’ll see if this gets old in a hurry, but it’s a fun first issue, and there’s a whole bunch of comics at that website to get to know the guy a little better. $2