In conjunction with Prism Comics, the preeminent website for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) comics and creators, every day this month I will be detailing one good comic book/graphic novel with LGBT themes.
Here‘s an archive of the featured works so far!
Today we look at a fun book about four siblings!
Hopeless Savages is the endearing and fun comic book series by Jen Van Meter for Oni Press. The art for the series is set up so that for each volume, more than one artist contributes (typically in the form of one artist for the main story and one artist for flashbacks). The artists that have worked with Van Meter on the series are practically a Who’s Who? of awesome indie artists, like Christine Norrie, Chynna Clugston, Andi Watson, Bryan Lee O’Malley and Ross Campbell (plus others I didn’t even mention).
Norrie, though, is the one who designed the characters.
The main gist of the series is that two non-conformist “damn the man!” punk rockers, Dirk Hopeless and Nikki Savage marry and have four kids – now, the kids are mostly grown, and, well, hilarity ensues!
What else do you expect when you have kids named Rat Bastard, Arsenal Fierce, Twitch Strummer and Skank Zero?
The first volume details the three younger siblings dealing with a family crisis by going to get help from their oldest brother, Rat, who figured out that the only way to rebel from a rebel family was to, well, sell out and become part of a coffee chain’s corporate headquarters.
The reason this series is featured on LGBT month is because of the sterling work Van Meter does with Twitch and his boyfriend, Henry (the younger brother of Arsenal’s boyfriend). Their relationship, and Twitch’s sexuality period, is handled so well and with such “who cares?” that it, despite Van Meter’s intent, stands out.
Overall, though, this is a great series with cool artwork. Well worth checking out.
Ms. Van Meter has a new Black Lightning mini-series coming out, too, soon if folks enjoy her work here!