June 19, 2013

A Free Comic Read That Isn't INSUFFERABLE

Insufferable by Mark Waid and Peter Krause
Imagine, if you will, a superhero's sidekick having a very public temper tantrum, resulting in the revelation of their secret identities. Then imagine that sidekick turning into a public relations nightmare, his activities continually monitored and reported on via Twitter.

Combine that with some smart writing and clever use of online comics, and you have Mark Waid and Peter Krause's Insufferable, available free for download via Thrillbent.

First, let me just reiterate - this is a really good story. In its second arc, Insufferable is Waid's very wry commentary on both celebrity-driven culture and superheroics, both done with some well-written mysteries at their core. The art is also really good, but quite honestly, with the unique nature of these comics, you would have to make them this good.

In downloading and reading the CBZ files (which I personally loathe as a format), these comics are more than just straightforward reprinting panels. Often, the passage of time is suggested simply by changing one detail on a panel (a lamp being turned on); in another sequence which is mostly exposition, a series of memos pop in and out while the background graphic remains stationary. Waid's obviously put a lot of thought and care into how these comics are presented, and quite honestly - it actually makes it worthwhile to download a CBR reader.

Ironically, this is one of the few comics reads that I look forward too religiously - not because they're free, or because they're "new", but this is the future of comics reading playing out. They're not formatted like your grandpa's comics, that for sure....but in terms of enjoyability, Insufferable is anything but.

Head to Thrillbent. Start with Volume 1 Issue 1, begin downloading, and read at your leisure. You're doing yourself a disservice if you haven't started already.

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