Violent Delights by Hetamoe (Mini Kus! #87)

Violent Delights features haunting shades of death, from anime, to animals in the natural world, to skeletal otherworldly visages floating and then receding into decay. Inspired in part by a sort of stream of consciousness Romeo & Juliet, this is a powerful examination of our fascination with violence, and how it pervades all aspects of culture, popular or otherwise. The splotches of watercolor or ink washes are dashed across the figures on the page, a perfect complement to the sensual and erotic nature of the figures, and the dangerous ideas laid on top of them. It's an intoxicating combination that has a wide ranging impact, from love springing forth eternally to a planet torn asunder, as the Alphas and Omegas of existence. Hetamoe gives Mercutio his due, which is arguably the bard's best creation, for his ability to see the context of the situation he's in and cast aspersions on both of the proverbial houses, even if he's aligned with one. As some of the text suggests, it's easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. "O Happy Dagger!" This is one of the very best comics I've read in a long while.


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