An Army of Lovers Will be Beaten by Bernie McGovern
As always, three cheers for an absolutely wonderful title. This is the story Lieutenant Buckeley, a hero in the ongoing war between blue people and constellations in the night sky. Yep, not a typo. This is also one of the major limitations of the small press comics movement as a whole, as whenever thereâ€™s a story like this (where it would go a long way to show all those blue people) it would be wonderful to see it in color, itâ€™s just that thereâ€™s no financial way to make it possible. Unless the artists were independently wealthy, I guess. Anyway, this first book (of a projected twelve) introduces us to the Lieutenant as he goes on furlough, wandering around a town and trying to avoid all the seamier places, like the local tavern and â€œEl Layâ€. He wanders off into an open field to get some restâ€¦ which also happens to be where most of those bombs aimed at the stars are landing. Itâ€™s a dreamy, surreal tale, punctuated by the relentless naivete of the main character and the fact that a llama ends up saving his life. Itâ€™s an interesting first book. Iâ€™m not completely sold on the whole thing yet, but I am curious to see what happens next, and thatâ€™s all you can ask for out of a first issue.